FCRB honors 2015 Child Welfare Awardees: Two of five with Federation member agencies

At a special ceremony on November 5, 2015, State Court Administrator Milton L. Mack, Jr., presented award statues as Michigan Foster Care Review Board Program Manager Jim Novell read a summary of outstanding attributes of each awardee listed below. The award ceremony was part of the Foster Care Review Board’s Annual Training Conference in Lansing. Congratulations to all!

Foster Care Worker of the Year: Diane Tryan, Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula, Escanaba, was nominated for her 12 years of outstanding work as a foster care and adoption caseworker, as well as her recent work as a foster care and adoption supervisor. She possesses a tireless work ethic with a positive energy that inspires others around her. She has an impeccable reputation among the professionals and clients she interacts with and is deemed invaluable by her agency, the children and families she has served, and the new caseworkers she has trained. She remains instrumental in addressing critical needs within her community, both as a victim’s advocacy counselor for the Diocese of Marquette and through her involvement with the Suicide Prevention Task Force in Delta County.

2014 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report available for purchase; plan now to participate in the 2016 survey!

The 2014 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report was mailed on October 13, 2015, to each Federation member agency representative and HR director, as per Executive Committee policy. It is available for purchase by other interested parties.

Data in this 2014 report was provided by 47 private, nonprofit human service agencies across Michigan. The Salaries section summarizes over 5,000 actual salaries reported. All report information is displayed in aggregate and in two subsets to permit a closer comparison among similarly sized organizations—agencies with annual budgets less than $6 million and agencies with annual budgets more than $6 million. When fewer than five data items were reported for a particular survey element, the information is not displayed, in keeping with guidelines of the federal Sherman Antitrust Act.

Questions regarding the survey and suggestions for the 2016 survey instrument should be directed to Rose Homa, rose@michfed.org. Many thanks to those who invested their time and energy completing this survey; you’ve made this an especially valuable resource for yourselves and your colleagues!

Registration is open! February 29, 2016: Fourth Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Event Date: 
02/29/2016 - 8:00am
Event Website

Registration is open for the 2016 Residential Treatment Conference, themed “Creating Normalcy for Youth in Residential Settings,” which will feature national expert Larry Epstein, PhD. Dr. Epstein is director of training and implementation at Think:Kids; assistant in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital; and clinical instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching Collaborative Problem Solving, a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges.

In addition to Dr. Epstein’s opening keynote and closing session, six workshops will be offered, each providing tools and techniques designed to create normalcy for youth in residential settings.

Welcome to newest Federation Full Member: Community Social Services of Wayne County

The Federation is pleased to announce Community Social Services of Wayne County has been approved by the Board of Directors as a Full Member of the Federation. Led by CEO Patrick Heron, the COA-accredited agency provides adoption, foster care, substance abuse services, volunteer programs, counseling and support services, group living services, and outpatient mental health services through its offices in Detroit, Dearborn and Grosse Pointe Park, serving Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Learn more about the agency at www.csswayne.org. Welcome, Patrick and staff! 

‘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.


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