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

Save the Date: March 20: Michigan Fatherhood Conference

Save the Date: March 20: Michigan Fatherhood Conference—Themed “A Conference for Practitioners & Male Caretakers Alike!” this event is the 13th annual Michigan Fatherhood Conference to be held in Howell, MI. For more information contact Mike Kildee at or Pam Jaymes at Check out Facebook at “Michigan Fatherhood Coalition.”

2015 Senior Management Conference

Michigan Federation for Children and Families Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting will be held on September 16-18, 2015 at Shanty Creek Cedar River Village in Belaire, MI. 


Family Preservation MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting

Federation members only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Adoption/Licensing/Foster Care/IL MIN Meeting Day

Federation Members Only. More information will be emailed out to MIN group members. 

HR Lunch & Learn and HR MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only: 


Wednesday, OCTOBER 1, 2014, at the Federation office.


11:30 - 12:00    LUNCH compliments of Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS) Insurance Agency 

                —Order lunch when you RSVP


12:00 - 1:00         HR LEARN session with Denise Neuhaus of BHS Ins. Agency

                   Topic: "Conducting Employment Interviews" 

                We will discuss best practice techniques for developing interview questions. 

                In addition, we will discuss what to include on your employment application….bring yours with you to share (20 copies)!


1:00 - 2:30           HR MIN meeting …. request agenda items when you RSVP.

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!

Sept. 10-12, 2014 Senior Management Conference
"Excellence by Design"
Location: Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI 
New this year: Pre-Conference Institute on Federal Finance Reform Efforts on Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. No extra charge to attend, just sign up in advance. 
NEW flyer with session descriptions attached below! Register online
Every conference session addresses one of the challenges your agency either faces now or will soon be challenged with adapting to in the near future. Our conference brings to you resources that bridge the gaps in you current experience and knowledge, expand perspectives for addressing daily struggles, and prepare you for what the future will bring. 
Conference attendees can earn up to 12.5 SWCEUs! 



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