April 24: Legislation Clinic at University of Michigan Law School

Event Date: 
04/24/2014 (All day)

Michigan's child welfare system is in need of reform. Lawmaking on this issue is crucial to protect Michigan's children and families.

The Legislation Clinic at University of Michigan Law School, along with Senator Rick Jones, invites legislators, staff, and all other interested parties to join us April 24 in State Capitol Building, Room 402/3 at 8:30. Stop by to grab coffee, juice and continental breakfast, and learn how you can support our critical but modest legislative fixes for Michigan's children and families.

Our interactive presentation and discussion will focus on four proposals for statutory amendments that could be passed this session:

—Child Welfare Agency Representation: Legal representation for Michigan's public and private agencies that handle these complex cases in court.
—Sibling Placement and Contact: Improve sibling connections for foster children.
—Restoration of Family for Legal Orphans: Permit reinstatement of parental rights for legal orphans who have not been adopted and whose biological parent is now fit.
—Parenting Time: Protect the bond between a non-custodial parent and a foster child.

The Legislation Clinic at Michigan Law School, comprised of eight law students, a policy fellow, and a supervising professor, provides an educational experience for law students interested in learning how to move a public policy idea from concept to legislation and then to law. For 2013-14, the Clinic specialized in child welfare matters and identified a number of issues in need of attention that seem ripe for legislative action and where there is support and even consensus among the child welfare stakeholders in the state. The Legislation Clinic chose important issues where there seemed to be minimal resistance to needed reforms and where the researching, drafting, energy and enthusiasm of a few law students could help push a project forward.

We hope to see you on April 24:


Event Contact
Kimberly Waller

Online registration is open! for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference "Take Charge of Your Journey"

Event Date: 
06/18/2014 - 9:00am - 06/19/2014 - 4:00pm
Event Website

The complete conference brochure is ready, and new this year is online registration for the June 18-19, 2014, Michigan Teen Conference Take Charge of Your Journey! Please promote this fantastic event with youth ages 14-21 and be proactive in arranging for funding now.

This year’s conference will feature involvement of the nationally based FosterClub All-Stars (including several Michigan All-Stars!) throughout the entire event—opening keynote, workshops, general session, and evening activities. The program will be rounded out with informative, interactive workshops and a Walk through Life, all geared to important life skills and knowledge base for youth aging out of foster care and even more fun and recreational activities.

Check out the brochure! Download attachment below.

Sign up as a Sponsor! 

Register youth, caregivers and staff! By mail, fax or online.

Event Contact
Laura Mitchell, Conference Committee Chair

May 3: Civil, Criminal and Social Justice Conference

Event Date: 
05/03/2014 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Event Website

May 3, 2014 Civil, Criminal and Social Justice Conference

Judge Timothy Connors, Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Judge Cedric Simpson, Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Allie Maldanado, Chief Judge Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
Judge Deborah Thomas, Wayne County Circuit Court
Judge William Thorne, Utah Court of Appeals
Deborah Labelle, Attorney
Rodd Monts, ACLU Field Director
Belinda Dulin, Dispute Resolution Center

Event Information
EMU Student Center Auditorium
900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI - United States
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Attached below.

For more information, forward your inquiries to bharrin1@emich.edu.

Event Contact

MHBFSA Spring Workshop – May 2, 2014

Workshops offered on a first come/first serve availability basis.
Held at Postma Center in Grand Rapids.
Sessions include:

  • Promoting Attachment Relationships for Young Children with Understanding Brief Strategic Family Therapy: A Brief Overview
  • Family and Children: Trauma Training
  • Social Work Ethics: Part I and Part II
  • Intersecting Child Welfare and Mental Health Services: Working with Families with Parents or Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances: Part I and Part II
  • Unlocking Potential in High-Risk Caregivers of Young Children: Caregivers with Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, Intellectual Impairments, and Teen Mothers: Part I and Part II
  • Social Work Pain: Part I and Part II
  • What You Need to Know About Drugs of Abuse When Working with Children and Their Families

This day of training is FREE for MHBFSA members—Up to 6 members per agency annual membership of $175. $50.00 non-member fee per person.

Download the flier below! Not a member? Join using the second attachment below.

SCAO-CWS 10th Annual Conference: Working Towards Wellness in Child Welfare: Exploring Practices to Promote Well-Being, Safety, and Permanency

Event Date: 
04/16/2014 (All day) - 04/17/2014 (All day)

SCAO-CWS is hosting its 10th Annual Conference - "Working Towards Wellness in Child Welfare: Exploring Practices to Promote Well-Being, Safety, and Permanency." The conference will be held on April 16 and 17th, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI. There is NO COST to attend this conference.

Attached you will find the program brochure which contains the agenda and brief summaries of the plenary and workshop sessions. Be sure to register today to ensure your attendance at this year's conference.

Please click here for registration --> http://webcast.you-niversity.com/youtools/companies/cwsos/registerformapril162014.asp?affiliateId=132&programId=986&tzOffset=4&tzOffsetRgn=EDT

Please contact Noah A. Bradow (bradown@courts.mi.gov) or Heather Leidi (leidiH@courts.mi.gov) with any questions you may have.

Event Contact
Noah A. Bradow

2014 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey OPEN for submissions

The Michigan Federation for Children and Families' 2014 Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey will be OPEN for participation between now and April 24, 2014. We encourage nonprofit child and family service provider agencies to participate. 

New this year....

  • The survey is STREAMLINED compared to prior years based on input from Federation member agency CEOs and HR directors. Some questions were removed, others were re-phrased, several are new.
  • An amazingly USER-FRIENDLY data entry EXCEL file…check it out…NO PESKY MACROS.
  • Lastly, this survey will be conducted EVERY OTHER YEAR instead of annually (unless there is an overwhelming call for it to remain annual betwen now and next year).

Please choose the participation method—hard copy or Excel file—that works best for you.  

Please make this important survey a priority! The summary report of this survey is highly valuable and is the only one of its kind in scope of detail specific to the human services field in Michigan.

NOTE: Federation member agencies participate at no cost; non-Federation agencies participate for a modest fee to help cover data entry and report preparation costs (see Intent to Participate form).

Downloads can be found below for the Intent to Participate form and the 2014 survey in PDF format. If you wish a copy of the Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx), email your request to rose@michfed.org.

Support the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference through Sponsorship!

So many options! One to fit every budget!

Please consider supporting the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference and the dozens of youth who are preparing to transition to adulthood. Play a role in their success!

You may sign on as a Sponsor using the form posted below, or you may click here to SIGN UP ONLINE.

May 2/3: MAFAK Spring Training Conference

Event Date: 
05/02/2014 (All day) - 05/03/2014 (All day)

See attached information regarding the May 2-3, 2014 Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents (MAFAK) Spring Training Conference at Best Western Plus Lansing Hotel.

Thursday, Pre-Conference Session Featuring: Dr. Bryan Post of the Post Institute on the topic of Adoption, Attachment and Healing.

Keynote Speaker: Kim Siedel “Become Your Foster/Adoptive Child’s EXPERT”

Session Speaker: Derek Clark “The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction”

Event Contact
Ruth Kenaga

May 22/23: 18th Annual Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit

Event Date: 
05/22/2014 (All day) - 05/23/2014 (All day)

Attached, please find the registration brochure for the 18th Annual Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit. The Summit will be held on May 22nd and 23rd at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, MI.

The summit will feature a session by Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, Dr. Bruce Perry.

Registration information is included on the last page of the attached brochure.
Please contact Kelcy Ensign (ensignk@michigan.gov) at DHS with any registration questions.

There is no registration cost for this event. Please register early as seating is limited and there is a need to allow for geographic and professional diversity. You can expect an e-mail confirmation two weeks prior to the summit. There is no charge for conference attendance. Travel expenses and lodging are to be paid by the attendee.

Event Contact
Kelcy Ensign

May & June: Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) Training across the State of Michigan

Lutheran Social Services, Department of Human Services, and Fostering Success Michigan will soon be hosting five regional trainings across the State of Michigan. Each training will cover the Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV), the educational needs and requirements for children and youth in care, and various college resources for Foster Youth.

Registration is now available on JJOLT In-Service Training at: http://www.michiganchildwelfaretraining.com, search for Educational Requirements and College Resources. Attached is a flyer with dates, locations, and times…so mark your calendars now! SPACE IS LIMITED!!

This is a great opportunity for workers to learn about the resources available for foster youth who are aging out and pursuing college, as well as how foster youth can best be served to ensure they make it to post-secondary programs.

Registration is open! 2014 Michigan Teen Conference - Take Charge of Your Journey

Do you know a youth in Foster Care or Independent Living who needs to learn about money management, employment, educational opportunities, healthy relationships, or housing? If you do, then help them pre-register for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference.

Youth must be ages 14 to 21 and in Foster Care or Independent Living. If attendees are under the age of 18, a chaperone MUST attend the conference with them and accompany them at all times. Caretakers of the youth and professionals who work with teens are also invited. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to make the challenging transition to adult life.

Workshops will feature topics such as:

• Budgeting/money management (beginner and advanced)
• College supportive programs (youth panel)
• Funding resources (ETV, YIT)
• Housing
• Job search/employment
• Legal rights of youth in care and as adults
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Social media
• Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care

In addition, a special Walk through Life will feature numerous life stations to visit and resources to grab at this fun, interactive two-hour session. It is a chance for youth to put into practice many of the life skills they acquired during the conference. Stations will include:
• Education
• Employment
• Finances
• Housing
• Identification
• Transportation

Promote this event with foster youth and be pro-active: secure funding now!
Funding sources: YIT • MYOI • Private fund raising
Use registration form to calculate cost for your funding request.

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April 24: Techniques for Supervisors – Observation, Evaluation and Coaching of Contact Level Staff for Improving and Sustaining Motivational Interviewing Skills

What: Techniques for Supervisors – Observation, Evaluation and Coaching of Contact Level Staff for Improving and Sustaining Motivational Interviewing Skills

When: April 24, 2014
7:30am – 8:30am: Registration & continental breakfast
12:00pm – 1:00pm (lunch provided)
8:30am – 3:30pm (Training)

Where: Shanty Creek Resorts, 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, Michigan 49615

3 Ways to Register: Online - www.macmhb.org;
FAX - 517-374-1053; MAIL - MACMHB, 426 S. Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933

Cost $32/per person (includes continental breakfast, lunch and training materials)

Social Work: The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB), provider #1140, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. MACMHB maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/10/13-11/10/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical Continuing Education Clock Hours.

MACMHB is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). MACMHB maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance abuse professionals should contact MCBAP to determine course approval. Substance abuse professionals participating in this course will receive 6 contact hours - Specific.

From the desk of:
Annette Pepper, GMS, Training & Meeting Planner
Michigan Association of CMH Boards
426 S Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-374-6848
Fax: 517-374-1053
Web: www.macmhb.org

March 12 & April 24 SCAO Trainings

Please see the attached notices for upcoming Child Welfare Services training opportunities.

March 12, 2014 at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan (Space is still available)
Putting it All Together: Advanced Courtroom Practice and Petition Drafting Workshop
Target Audience: Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, and private agencies.

April 24, 2014 at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan
Testifying in Court for Nonlawyers
Target Audience: Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, and private agencies.

Heather D. Leidi, Administrative Assistant | Child Welfare Services | State Court Administrative Office
P.O. Box 30048 | Lansing, MI 48989 | 517-373-5322 phone LeidiH@courts.mi.gov

Child Welfare Services Training Division: http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/officesprograms/cws/childwelfareservicestraining/pages/default.aspx

News release issued: Federation expands scope through member interest networks

Key players in the Michigan Legislature and state departments of DHS and DCH each were sent a special news release this week, announcing the Federation’s launch of three new MINs to address the areas of Family Preservation, Behavioral Health, and Performance/Quality Management. The release speaks to the extensive expertise within member agencies that makes the Federation “the go-to resource for legislators and state and federal policy makers for advice and guidance as they are challenged with addressing the needs of children and families and regulating and monitoring the organizations that care for them.”

Welcome to Ruth Ellis Center and Executive Director Jerry Peterson!

The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member Application of Ruth Ellis Center, which is located in Highland Park and serves Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The agency operates three programs: Ruth’s House, a residential housing program for youth ages 12-17 who are in the foster care or juvenile justice systems; Second Stories Drop-In Center, which provides basic services and safe space for youth and young adults ages 14 to 24; and Second Stories Outpatient Mental Health Services. To learn more about the agency, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/.