Save the Dates!!! June 17-18, 2015 Michigan Teen Conference

Event Date: 
06/17/2015 - 8:00am to 06/18/2015 - 4:00pm

New this year.....Saginaw Valley State University will host the 2015 Michigan Teen Conference! 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 make the challenging transition to adult life. Workshops will feature topics such as:

• Career planning
• College supportive programs 
• Health and well-being
• Housing
• Job search/employment  
• Legal rights of youth in care (101) & as adults (401)
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Money management—beginner (101) & advanced (401)
• Resources for older youth (ETV, YIT, YAVFC)
• Social media

Save the Date: March 20: Michigan Fatherhood Conference

Event Date: 
03/20/2015 - 9:00am
Event Website

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.”


In-Service Training Opportunities- free!

Attached you will find the Winter/Spring 2015 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. 


Please let me know if you have any questions about these courses- and remember to register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!



Kadi Prout

December 2: Forging Strategic Alliances: Creating Value through Effective Partnership

Event Date: 
12/02/2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

This event is the second in a series of Leadership Forums hosted by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families to assist its member agencies in meeting the newest challenges of the child welfare system and services to vulnerable families. Presenter Elizabeth (Beth) Skidmore, who received great reviews for the first session in June — National Trends in Child Welfare: A Leadership Discussion of Trends, Challenges and Strategies for the Future — returns to Michigan to bring to Federation members Forging Strategic Alliances: Creating Value through Effective Partnership.

Gateway Community Services merges with Child & Family Charities

Child and Family Charities announced October 1, 2014, that Child and Family Charities and Gateway Community Services in Lansing have merged. Under the merger agreement, Gateway will become a division of Child and Family Charities. Gateway was established in 1970 and provides street outreach, counseling, shelter, independent living skills instruction, crisis intervention, and advocacy services to runaway and homeless youth and their families throughout Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Core programs are housed at the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home located in southwest Lansing. Gateway joins an array of divisions and services at Child and Family Charities, including foster care, adoption, independent living, child abuse prevention, parenting education, early childhood education, juvenile diversion, truancy, mental health, substance abuse, and a shelter for teen parents.

“We reached out to Child and Family Charities because of their long and successful history serving vulnerable populations in our community and the synergies this merger facilitates,” said Gateway Board President Amber Beard. “Our staff, board, and funding sources are very supportive of this development.” Beard will serve on the Child and Family Charities Board of Directors.

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