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Dec. 20, 1996

FCS family policy center proposed

by Erica Brizzi, News Service intern
Iowa State officials have proposed a new Center for Family Policy to the State Board of Regents. The center would be part of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The proposal was referred to the Regents' Interinstitutional Committee on Educational Coordination and the Board Office for review and recommendation.

"The Center on Family Policy will provide a campus organization through which we can conduct valuable research and outreach activities to further address public policy issues that affect the well-being of Iowa families and the communities in which they live," said Maurice MacDonald, professor and chair of the human development and family studies department.

Research and outreach efforts will concentrate on welfare reform, foster care, Medicaid coverage, disabilities, substance abuse, retirement income security, home-lessness and community development, MacDonald said. Center staff also will assist with training programs for employees of local, state and federal government agencies serving individuals and families.

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