May 4: ACMH 2015 Conference for Parents and Professionals (in Mt. Pleasant)

This special event themed “Back to the Future” celebrates May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Featured keynote speakers are Barbara Huff, founder of the National Federation for Families, and Scott Bryant-Comstock, president and CEO of the Children’s Mental Health Network. Conference topics include Youth Mental Health 101: Programs and Services; Cultural Competency; Navigating School Issues; Family Resources; Youth Peer to Peer; Suicide Awareness and Prevention; and Current Legislative Initiatives and Advocacy Opportunities. Cost is $40 and includes lunch. Register by April 27. For more information or to register, visit or call (517) 372-4016.

Supporting College Success of Youth from Foster Care

Ann Rossi and Tanya Maki are hosting several upcoming trainings for child welfare workers with a goal of increasing college outcomes for youth from foster care. Each session will provide updated education state Policy, ETV, Fostering Success Michigan, various scholarships, and campus support programs. This is information IL, foster care, and residential treatment that caseworkers can take back to their older youth in care.

This is a terrific opportunity to gain valuable information to share with the youth in your care! Don't miss out!

Register on JJOLT In-Service Training at:

Class title: Increasing College Outcomes for Foster Youth - 2015

  • April 14 in Clinton Twp
  • April 22 in Grand Rapids 
  • May 19 in Lansing
  • June 12 in Mackinaw City

Questions? contact Tanya Maki at 1-877-660-6388 or email at 


2015 Michigan Teen Conference: June 17-18 at Saginaw Valley State University

Event Date: 
06/17/2015 - 9:00am to 06/18/2015 - 4:00pm

This special conference is for youth ages 14-21 preparing to exit foster care, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to successfully transition to adult life.

May 5, 2015, Annual Spring HR Training Day

Event Date: 
05/05/2015 - 8:30am

Registration is open for this full-day training developed by Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit and is especially relevant to: CEOs & COOs • Business Managers • Administrative Coordinators • HR Directors • HR Coordinators • HR Specialists • HR Generalists. 

A Championship Team

8:30 AM – 8:55 AM • Registration

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM • Chemistry and competency of a championship team—Gregory Heeres, Berends Hendricks Stuit

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM • Break and Networking 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM • Knowing the rules helps you win the game…a complex legal environment and changes to the laws influencing employee rights and employer legal compliance—Jeff Fraser, partner at Miller Johnson Law Firm

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM • Lunch and Networking

Where: Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 600 S. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI

May 1-2: MAFAK Spring Training Conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City (pre-conference full-day session on April 30)

Event Date: 
04/30/2015 - 9:00am to 05/02/2015 - 4:00pm

The Thursday, April 30, pre-conference session will feature Heather Forbes and "Beyond Consequences, Helping Families Heal."

On Friday, May 1, 12 conference workshops are scheduled, followed by the Awards Banquet and evening entertainment. On the morning of Saturday, May 2, Dr. Jim Henry will present "Beyond Therapy: What Do Kinds in Foster Care/Adoption/Kinship Need to be Successful." On Saturday afternoon, George Duvall will present "No Reason to Fail."

Special conference rates are offered for couples and MAFAK members (MAFAK Membership can be submitted with your registration form to qualify for the lower fees).

Exhibit space/Vendor tables and Ad Sponsor opportunities are offered. Non-commercial ads from child welfare agencies/partners, foster, adoptive and kinship parent support groups are FREE.


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