Events

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April 24: Legislation Clinic at University of Michigan Law School

Event Date: 
04/24/2014 (All day)

Michigan's child welfare system is in need of reform. Lawmaking on this issue is crucial to protect Michigan's children and families.

The Legislation Clinic at University of Michigan Law School, along with Senator Rick Jones, invites legislators, staff, and all other interested parties to join us April 24 in State Capitol Building, Room 402/3 at 8:30. Stop by to grab coffee, juice and continental breakfast, and learn how you can support our critical but modest legislative fixes for Michigan's children and families.

Our interactive presentation and discussion will focus on four proposals for statutory amendments that could be passed this session:

—Child Welfare Agency Representation: Legal representation for Michigan's public and private agencies that handle these complex cases in court.
—Sibling Placement and Contact: Improve sibling connections for foster children.
—Restoration of Family for Legal Orphans: Permit reinstatement of parental rights for legal orphans who have not been adopted and whose biological parent is now fit.
—Parenting Time: Protect the bond between a non-custodial parent and a foster child.

The Legislation Clinic at Michigan Law School, comprised of eight law students, a policy fellow, and a supervising professor, provides an educational experience for law students interested in learning how to move a public policy idea from concept to legislation and then to law. For 2013-14, the Clinic specialized in child welfare matters and identified a number of issues in need of attention that seem ripe for legislative action and where there is support and even consensus among the child welfare stakeholders in the state. The Legislation Clinic chose important issues where there seemed to be minimal resistance to needed reforms and where the researching, drafting, energy and enthusiasm of a few law students could help push a project forward.

We hope to see you on April 24:

Sincerely,

Event Contact
Name: 
Kimberly Waller

Online registration is open! for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference "Take Charge of Your Journey"

Event Date: 
06/18/2014 - 9:00am - 06/19/2014 - 4:00pm
Event Website

The complete conference brochure is ready, and new this year is online registration for the June 18-19, 2014, Michigan Teen Conference Take Charge of Your Journey! Please promote this fantastic event with youth ages 14-21 and be proactive in arranging for funding now.

This year’s conference will feature involvement of the nationally based FosterClub All-Stars (including several Michigan All-Stars!) throughout the entire event—opening keynote, workshops, general session, and evening activities. The program will be rounded out with informative, interactive workshops and a Walk through Life, all geared to important life skills and knowledge base for youth aging out of foster care and even more fun and recreational activities.

Check out the brochure! Download attachment below.

Sign up as a Sponsor! 

Register youth, caregivers and staff! By mail, fax or online.

Event Contact
Name: 
Laura Mitchell, Conference Committee Chair
Email: 
Phone: 
616-356-1934

May 3: Civil, Criminal and Social Justice Conference

Event Date: 
05/03/2014 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Event Website

May 3, 2014 Civil, Criminal and Social Justice Conference
SOCIAL, CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE WHERE HAVE BEEN? – WHERE
SHOULD WE GO?

Speakers
Judge Timothy Connors, Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Judge Cedric Simpson, Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Allie Maldanado, Chief Judge Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
Judge Deborah Thomas, Wayne County Circuit Court
Judge William Thorne, Utah Court of Appeals
Deborah Labelle, Attorney
Rodd Monts, ACLU Field Director
Belinda Dulin, Dispute Resolution Center

Event Information
EMU Student Center Auditorium
900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI - United States
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Agenda
Attached below.

Contact
For more information, forward your inquiries to bharrin1@emich.edu.

Event Contact

MHBFSA Spring Workshop – May 2, 2014

Workshops offered on a first come/first serve availability basis.
Held at Postma Center in Grand Rapids.
Sessions include:

  • Promoting Attachment Relationships for Young Children with Understanding Brief Strategic Family Therapy: A Brief Overview
  • Family and Children: Trauma Training
  • Social Work Ethics: Part I and Part II
  • Intersecting Child Welfare and Mental Health Services: Working with Families with Parents or Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances: Part I and Part II
  • Unlocking Potential in High-Risk Caregivers of Young Children: Caregivers with Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, Intellectual Impairments, and Teen Mothers: Part I and Part II
  • Social Work Pain: Part I and Part II
  • What You Need to Know About Drugs of Abuse When Working with Children and Their Families

This day of training is FREE for MHBFSA members—Up to 6 members per agency annual membership of $175. $50.00 non-member fee per person.

Download the flier below! Not a member? Join using the second attachment below.

SCAO-CWS 10th Annual Conference: Working Towards Wellness in Child Welfare: Exploring Practices to Promote Well-Being, Safety, and Permanency

Event Date: 
04/16/2014 (All day) - 04/17/2014 (All day)

SCAO-CWS is hosting its 10th Annual Conference - "Working Towards Wellness in Child Welfare: Exploring Practices to Promote Well-Being, Safety, and Permanency." The conference will be held on April 16 and 17th, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI. There is NO COST to attend this conference.

Attached you will find the program brochure which contains the agenda and brief summaries of the plenary and workshop sessions. Be sure to register today to ensure your attendance at this year's conference.

Please click here for registration --> http://webcast.you-niversity.com/youtools/companies/cwsos/registerformapril162014.asp?affiliateId=132&programId=986&tzOffset=4&tzOffsetRgn=EDT

Please contact Noah A. Bradow (bradown@courts.mi.gov) or Heather Leidi (leidiH@courts.mi.gov) with any questions you may have.

Event Contact
Name: 
Noah A. Bradow

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 2/3: MAFAK Spring Training Conference

Event Date: 
05/02/2014 (All day) - 05/03/2014 (All day)

See attached information regarding the May 2-3, 2014 Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents (MAFAK) Spring Training Conference at Best Western Plus Lansing Hotel.

Thursday, Pre-Conference Session Featuring: Dr. Bryan Post of the Post Institute on the topic of Adoption, Attachment and Healing.

Friday:
Keynote Speaker: Kim Siedel “Become Your Foster/Adoptive Child’s EXPERT”

Saturday:
Session Speaker: Derek Clark “The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction”

Event Contact
Name: 
Ruth Kenaga

May 22/23: 18th Annual Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit

Event Date: 
05/22/2014 (All day) - 05/23/2014 (All day)

Attached, please find the registration brochure for the 18th Annual Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit. The Summit will be held on May 22nd and 23rd at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, MI.

The summit will feature a session by Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, Dr. Bruce Perry.

Registration information is included on the last page of the attached brochure.
Please contact Kelcy Ensign (ensignk@michigan.gov) at DHS with any registration questions.

There is no registration cost for this event. Please register early as seating is limited and there is a need to allow for geographic and professional diversity. You can expect an e-mail confirmation two weeks prior to the summit. There is no charge for conference attendance. Travel expenses and lodging are to be paid by the attendee.

Event Contact
Name: 
Kelcy Ensign

Federation Board of Directors Meeting

Event Date: 
11/12/2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Federation Board Members and Agency Representatives Only

November 12, 2014
Noon - 3:00 PM

Event Contact
Name: 
Jenny Crichton
Phone: 
517 485 8552

Federation Member CEO meeting with DHS Director

Event Date: 
10/02/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Federation Member CEO's Only

Federation CEO meeting with DHS Director

Event Contact
Name: 
Jenny Crichton
Phone: 
517 485 8552

Annual Senior Management Conference

Event Date: 
09/10/2014 (All day) - 09/12/2014 (All day)

Annual Senior Management Conference
September 10-12, 2014
Boyne Mountain Resort

Event Contact
Name: 
Jenny Crichton
Phone: 
517 485 8552

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting

Event Date: 
08/13/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Federation Member's Only
Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting
August 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Contact
Name: 
Jenny Crichton
Phone: 
517 485 8552

Board of Directors and CEO Retreat

Event Date: 
06/11/2014 (All day)

Federation Member's Only!

Federation Board of Director and CEO Retreat, all day, location to be announced.
June 11, 2014

Event Contact
Name: 
Jenny Crichton

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting

Event Date: 
05/14/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Federation Member's Only!

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting
May 14, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Contact
Name: 
Jenny Crichton
Phone: 
517 485 8552

Annual Spring HR Training Day

Event Date: 
05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Annual Spring HR Training Day
May 5, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Event Contact
Name: 
Rose Homa
Email: 
Phone: 
517 485 8552