‘Keeping Kids in Families’ Campaign Officially Launches

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, in partnership with the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the National Organization of State Associations for Children (NOSAC) – also known as The Triad – officially launched the Keeping Kids in Families campaign! The campaign is designed to equip agencies and advocates with the ability to build a sense of urgency among members of Congress to enact federal child welfare finance reform. The Michigan Federation  for Children and Families is the official point of contact for Michigan for the federal advocacy efforts coordinated by The Triad. 

You can view the official launch message, and sign up to be a part of the campaign by visiting: http://keepingkidsinfamilies.org. At this website you will see more information about what The Triad proposes as solutions to the need for finance reform and an advocacy toolkit with materials designed to help you reach out to elected officials. Keeping Kids in Families is helping to develop and support policy solutions that help to strengthen our nation’s child welfare system through investments in prevention, early interventions and treatments that keep children safe and in permanent families whenever possible.

4th Annual Residential Treatment Conference 2016 Request for Proposals

The Michigan Federation for Children and Families 2016 Residential Treatment Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Federation’s 4th Annual Residential Treatment Conference on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Lansing Community College West Campus.

2016 conference theme: “Creating Normalcy for Youth in the Residential Setting”

Background. Section III of the new federal statute, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (PL 113-183), is designed to promote normalcy for children and youth in foster care, including those in child caring institutions. To a large extent, normalcy is referring to providing youth with access to age-appropriate activities and experiences. 

Conference goals. The goal of this conference is to focus on best practice related to creating normalcy for youth while they reside in residential treatment settings. Additionally, we would like to enhance staff’s ability to prepare youth for a smooth transition as they exit care, preferably to a successful home-based/community setting or independent living. 

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Comments due Sept. 4 to Department of Labor - How will these regulations affect your organization?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), employees are entitled to wages at or above the federal minimum wage and must be paid time and a half overtime for work after 40 hours in any work week.  In enacting the federal wage and hour law, Congress exempted from these standards executive, administrative, and professional employees, and left it up to the Secretary of Labor to define the terms of the exemption.

Persons who are properly classified as executive, administrative, or professional employees are considered “exempt employees.” All others are “non-exempt” and must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime after 40 hours worked in a week.

If the draft regulations were to be implemented as written:

What effect would the proposals have on your organization’s ability to advance its mission? Variables could include the need to raise more money, serve fewer people, or not being able to perform under government grants or contracts, among many others.

What effect would the proposals have on the individuals and communities your organization serves? For example, would higher compensation, if realized, reduce the number of individuals seeking services from the organization, and thus cut the workload of the organization or enable you to pursue other mission objectives?

September 24: Fostering Futures MET Event

Event Date: 
09/24/2015 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Website

Let’s impact the futures of youth who have experienced foster care as they strive to make the dream of college a reality. Join us for a night of making dreams come true while enjoying an evening of exceptional entertainment.

WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2015  6-10 p.m.

WHERE: The Atheneum Hotel, 1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Sept. 16: Confidential Intermediary Training

Event Date: 
09/16/2015 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Confidential Intermediary Training
Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc., is hosting a one-day training, endorsed by The Michigan Probate Judges Association, to provide interested individuals an overview of the skills and information necessary to function as a confidential intermediary.

2157 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864
Phone: 
517.349.6226

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