Social, Emotional and Community Supports

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Below you will find resources and information to assist you in making connections to supports for various needs, such as grief, legal, therapy, etc.  Please note, this list is meant to serve as a starting point for families seeking resources.  It is not an all-inclusive list and is not meant to serve as an endorsed referral or recommendation.  Families may choose to work with any agency of their choosing and should do their own research to determine if an agency or company meets your needs, is covered by insurance and/or meets your standards of service.

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Advocacy and Support

Victim Services

Community Activities/Clubs

Grief Services

Amanda the Panda – a division of Every Step that provides programs and services for children and adult who are working through loss.  Camps and support groups and community resources, social events and volunteer opportunities are available.



Legal Services – Several free or low cost legal services are available to students and families in the Des Moines area.

Iowa Legal Aid   Free legal help with civil law problems for eligible low-income Iowans. Call 1-800-532-1275 Monday – Friday 9-11 am and 1:30-3:30 pm

Drake Legal Clinic  The Neal and Bea Smith Law Center provides support in Children’s Rights, Criminal Defense, Elder Law, Entrepreneurial/Transactional, General Civil Practice, and Refugee Legal clinics.  “Through the Drake Legal Clinic, students have the chance to gain practical experience by working with actual clients. The clinic also serves the community by helping those who might not otherwise have access to legal assistance.”  Call 515-271-3851

Youth Law Center  Youth Law Center provides free juvenile court representation to Polk County youth and free legal advice to youth across the state of Iowa. The Youth Law Center provides youth, and professionals who work with youth, legal information pertaining to areas such as emancipation, abuse and neglect, sex abuse, family problems, school, traffic, homelessness, chemical dependency, delinquency, guardianship/custody and teen parenting issues.  Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm, 24 hour answering service will take messages for local and statewide calls.  (515) 244-1172


Proteus Job Training-Healthcare-Assistance.  “Proteus serves immigrant, minority and low-income populations to make their dream of a brighter tomorrow a reality by helping them overcome language and cultural barriers in order to better provide for their families.  We provide training and health care services to farm and migrant workers in Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska.”