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.  

Oct. 27/28: Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards 2014 Annual Fall Conference

Event Date: 
10/27/2014 - 8:00am to 10/28/2014 - 5:00pm
Event Website

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards 2014 Annual Fall Conference “Power of the Past – Force of the Future”

October 27 & 28, 2014
Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, Michigan

For full conference agenda and registration form see attached or click here:

Grand Traverse Resort:
100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard
Acme, MI 49610-0404

To make reservations via phone, call 1‐800‐968‐7352 and use group “MI Association of Community Mental Health Boards” to receive the discount.

To make online reservations, visit:


Oct. 30: Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers

Event Date: 
10/30/2014 - 8:02am

SCAO-Child Welfare Services is hosting a FREE live training program, Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers, at the Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan on Thursday, October 30, 2014.  As a past training participant, SCAO-CWS will be delighted to see you again.


Attached is the program announcement. The document includes an agenda, background information, registration details, and other useful information. 


The target audience is Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, private agencies, and service providers.


If you have any questions please contact Kate McPherson, CWS Administrative Assistant, at or 517-373-5322.


Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

Attached you will find the Fall 2014 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. 

Register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!

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