Registration is Open for the February 23, 2015, Third Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Event Date: 
02/23/2015 - 9:00am
Event Website

February 23, 2015, Third Annual Residential Treatment Conference "Getting It Right, From the Start: Assessment & Treatment in Residential Settings"at Lansing Community College West Campus


PURPOSE: The Michigan Federation for Children and Families is hosting this conference in response to the need for education for appropriately assessing the needs of youth in residential settings, understanding their trauma histories, and providing effective tools and strategies for treatment and healing of these youth.

In-Service Training Opportunities- free!

Attached you will find the Winter/Spring 2015 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog listing programs that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHS. 


All of these trainings are DHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth in the MSA requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.


Registration to attend each course will be handled through the hosting university, and in order to record in-service training hours with the Department, your training facility coordinator must log the training hours into the DHS learning management system. 


Please let me know if you have any questions about these courses- and remember to register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!



Kadi Prout

December 2: Forging Strategic Alliances: Creating Value through Effective Partnership

Event Date: 
12/02/2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

This event is the second in a series of Leadership Forums hosted by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families to assist its member agencies in meeting the newest challenges of the child welfare system and services to vulnerable families. Presenter Elizabeth (Beth) Skidmore, who received great reviews for the first session in June — National Trends in Child Welfare: A Leadership Discussion of Trends, Challenges and Strategies for the Future — returns to Michigan to bring to Federation members Forging Strategic Alliances: Creating Value through Effective Partnership.

Gateway Community Services merges with Child & Family Charities

Child and Family Charities announced October 1, 2014, that Child and Family Charities and Gateway Community Services in Lansing have merged. Under the merger agreement, Gateway will become a division of Child and Family Charities. Gateway was established in 1970 and provides street outreach, counseling, shelter, independent living skills instruction, crisis intervention, and advocacy services to runaway and homeless youth and their families throughout Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Core programs are housed at the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home located in southwest Lansing. Gateway joins an array of divisions and services at Child and Family Charities, including foster care, adoption, independent living, child abuse prevention, parenting education, early childhood education, juvenile diversion, truancy, mental health, substance abuse, and a shelter for teen parents.

“We reached out to Child and Family Charities because of their long and successful history serving vulnerable populations in our community and the synergies this merger facilitates,” said Gateway Board President Amber Beard. “Our staff, board, and funding sources are very supportive of this development.” Beard will serve on the Child and Family Charities Board of Directors.

October 14 and 30, November 13 and 18: Juvenile Justice Reentry Webinar Series

The DHS Juvenile Justice Programs office is pleased to announce a series of webinars to train juvenile justice reentry policy and procedures. This webinar series is designed especially for juvenile justice specialists and supervisors and public and private juvenile justice facility social workers and supervisors. Additional interested participants may include Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) juvenile justice reentry vocational rehabilitation counselors, community mental health juvenile justice reentry contacts and Professional Consulting Services staff. The series of four webinars will include:

Reentry Webinar #1: DHS Juvenile Justice Specialist Guide to Seamless Reentry Services for Youth
Date: October 14, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register on or before: October 7, 2014
This session will provide an overview of the reentry policies (JJ4 430). It will review the timeframes, forms, procedures and protocols to ensure a youth has a seamless reentry process with the maximum chance for successful community placement after release from residential placement. An overview of in reach facility services and community resources available post release will be provided that serves as an introduction to the rest of the webinar series, which will focus in on specific statewide services available to juvenile justice youth.  

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