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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:

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI

$1,000 Foster Youth Scholarship opportunity for an Ingham County youth: Deadline is Monday, June 3!

$1,000 Foster Youth Scholarship opportunity for an Ingham County youth: Deadline is Monday, June 3!

The Daniel J. Wright Foster Youth Scholarship is a $1,000 award for an Ingham County youth in foster care who plans to attend college in the fall of 2013. The nomination should include a short biography and an essay, written by the youth in 500 words or less, describing what he or she has overcome to finish high school and prepare for college. The nominees will be interviewed in mid-June, with the award following soon thereafter. Please submit applications to Kelly Howard at HowardK@courts.mi.gov, or via the online nomination survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6CMBBNJ by Monday, June 3, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Howard at (517) 373-8671. All of the details needed are provided in the attachment.

2012 Schedule of Training for Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families

Toward Successful Adoption: Your Child, Your Family, Your Community

This FREE training is designed for those who have adopted or who are thinking of adopting a child from the child welfare system. Three important areas will be covered:

  • Helping families cope with the ‹‹stress of transitioning children from foster care to adoption. 
  • Understanding the unique ‹‹needs of children who have been traumatized. 
  • Helpful strategies for finding ‹‹and using post adoption resources. 

Training sessions run Friday evening (6:00 PM–9:00 PM) through Saturday (9:00 AM–4:00 PM) on 12 different dates from March through September in cities across the state. Download the attached flier for the complete listing.

 

                                           Two New Trainings Added for 2012!

Cross Cultural Adoption: Beyond Race

  • Understand the impact of ‹‹ethnicity and culture on a child’s identity and self-esteem. 
  • Identify the tools and ‹‹tasks necessary to successfully raise a child of another race or culture.
  • May 5, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Lansing

Helping Children Make Successful Transitions in Adoption

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