Supporting College Success of Youth from Foster Care

Ann Rossi and Tanya Maki are hosting several upcoming trainings for child welfare workers with a goal of increasing college outcomes for youth from foster care. Each session will provide updated education state Policy, ETV, Fostering Success Michigan, various scholarships, and campus support programs. This is information IL, foster care, and residential treatment that caseworkers can take back to their older youth in care.

This is a terrific opportunity to gain valuable information to share with the youth in your care! Don't miss out!

Register on JJOLT In-Service Training at: http://www.michiganchildwelfaretraining.com/

Class title: Increasing College Outcomes for Foster Youth - 2015

  • April 14 in Clinton Twp
  • April 22 in Grand Rapids 
  • May 19 in Lansing
  • June 12 in Mackinaw City

Questions? contact Tanya Maki at 1-877-660-6388 or email at tmaki@lssm.org 


2015 Michigan Teen Conference: June 17-18 at Saginaw Valley State University

This special conference is for youth ages 14-21 preparing to exit foster care, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to successfully transition to adult life.

The opening keynote will feature award-winning international speaker and author Kevin Y. Brown, who brings high energy and an authentic presentation that will provide tangible takeaways to engage youth in creating the results and life that they desire. Born to a young mother who was drug-addicted, at age 1, Kevin entered the California foster care system, where he remained until age of 18. Despite his early encounters with adversity, he excelled academically and graduated from college debt-free, and with honors in both Fashion Design and Business Supply Chain Management. He later became an international advocate for youth in foster care systems domestically and abroad. Kevin also served as a congressional advisor for legislation designed to improve national foster care, and was invited by the iconic civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis to share his experiences with the United States House of Representatives.

The Thursday plenary presenter will be Monica Sparks, President and CEO of Urban Sparks, the producer of Networking Divas Magazine, Radio For Divas Network and the Networking Diva Conference. As a radio talk show host, author and entrepreneur, Monica Sparks is known as the Networking Diva, a high-energy well-respected business professional with a unique ability to develop and foster strong relationships.

Conference workshops will address: career planning, college supportive programs, health and well-being, housing, job search/employment, legal rights, mentoring, MYOI, money management, resources for older youth, and social media. Evening activities are planned for youth in attendance.

In addition, a special Walk Through Life event will simulate numerous life situations and offer resources to take home during 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.

Use the registration form contained in the conference brochure to calculate the amount of funds needed for your funding request (MYOI, YIT, private funding, etc.) to register youth to attend.

Please also consider the sponsor opportunities to help support this event. Early conference sponsors include:

  • Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Youth In Transition
  • Michigan Federation for Children and Families
  • Fostering Success Michigan
  • Saginaw Valley State University

Download the attached brochure to find all the details and registration information.

April 23-24 & June 25-26 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) 101 Training

Michigan Associtation of CMH Boards & Michigan Department of Community Mental Health

Present:  Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) 101

ACT 101 is a two day Medicaid required training for all ACT Workers in Michigan.

2 Dates and Locations to choose from!:

8:30am Registration; 9:00am Training Begins;
12:00-1:00 Lunch; 4:00pm Adjourn

April 23-24, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dearborn/Novi

June 25-26, 2015
Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West, Kalamazoo

Fee:  $70 includes 2 day training, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and all breaks.

12 CEUs for social workers and substance abuse professionals are available.

For additional information, see attached or visit our website at www.macmhb.org/education

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.  

Reentry Webinar #2: Mental Health Services for Juvenile Justice Youth and Young Adults
Date: October 30, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register by: October 23, 2014 
This session will focus on the available Medicaid mental health services for juvenile justice youth and young adults. There will be a review of the access process, eligibility criteria and services offered by Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs)/Community Mental Health Service Program (CMHSP) providers. As a result of the training, juvenile justice specialists and facility staff will have a better understanding of community based mental health services offered by PIHPs/CMHSPs for youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), young adults with Serious Mental Illness, youth/young adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The newly developed reentry process will be shared as well as a list of key contacts or point persons at the CMHSP level to assist in system navigation. 

Reentry Webinar #3: Michigan Rehabilitation Services Vocational Rehabilitation for Juvenile Justice Youth and Young Adults
Date: November 13, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register by: November 6, 2014
This session will entail an overview of MRS vision and values, our definition of disability, along with a review of the steps that are taken for a juvenile justice youth within the rehabilitation process. We will review the referral and application process, as well as services that are available to complete the rehabilitation process and the partnerships that are involved. Participants will understand the roles of the juvenile justice Specialist, the facility staff and MRS counselor throughout the seamless reentry process.

Reentry Webinar #4: Michigan Youth Reentry Initiative – Reentry Care Coordination Services for Juvenile Justice Youth and Young Adults
Date: November 18, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register by: November 11, 2014
This session will provide information on the statewide reentry care coordination program funded by DHS that is available to DHS-supervised juvenile justice youth in public or private facilities and court-supervised youth in public facilities. The contracted care coordination agency, Professional Consulting Services, will describe eligibility criteria and priority population, referral and assessment process, pre-release planning, ongoing coordination provided post release and services provided and coordinated. Upon completion, participants will understand reentry care coordination and the collaborative cross systems approach to successfully transition youth into the community, reduce recidivism, increase youth functioning levels, and engage youth in family and community supports.

Training Registration: There is no registration fee for this webinar series. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and must be requested for each webinar by the date noted. Detailed information regarding how to connect to the webinar will be sent to participants via email once registration has closed for each particular session. Register for sessions by sending the following information via email to Donetta Hobart at HobartD2@michigan.gov:

First and last name
Email address
Phone number
Job title
Name of the agency or organization or facility of employment
County in which employed
Webinar number for which registration is requested (1,2,3,4)

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 & 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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Adoption Option Inc.
Bethany Christian Services
Fostering Success Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
Michigan Department of Human Services–Youth In Transition
Michigan Federation for Children and Families

Use the Sponsor Form provided to add your name to this list.

Find all the details in the attachment posted below.

$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

  • Understand ways to lessen ‹‹the trauma of moves for children.
  • Learn ways to cope with ‹‹your emotions when helping children move.
  • May 5, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Lansing

The training is FREE, funded by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Attendees can qualify for a small stipend to assist with child care and mileage costs. 

All details and registration information can be found in the downloadable file below.

Child Welfare In-Service Training: Jan-Aug 2012: FREE

MSU School of Social Work, in conjunction with the other six Michigan graduate Schools of Social Work and the support of the Michigan Department of Human Services, is pleased to announce FREE training opportunities to DHS Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoption Workers and DHS-contracted private agencies’ foster care and adoption workers. The title of this collaborative project is Child Welfare In-Service Training.

Multiple human service, health, and education professionals who also serve the families involved with the child welfare system may find the workshops of interest; many of the workshop topics will have applicability beyond child welfare practice, thus a LIMITED number of FOR CHARGE spaces are available for interested professionals who work outside of DHS and the contracted private agencies. All courses offered are eligible for Social Work CECHs.

Early registration is encouraged. Registrations are nontransferable; if you register but are unable to attend, please contact the appropriate University at your earliest convenience so they might offer your unused space to someone else.

To learn more specifically about the MSU CW In-Service Training programs, you may view descriptions, objectives, faculty information, location, and pricing as well as registration instructions and tools by visiting: https://socialwork.msu.edu/ceu/catalog.php.

Programs are listed under Child Welfare In-Service trainings.

A catalog of all of the courses available statewide can be downloaded below.


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