The 2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey of Private Agencies Summary Report has been issued and is available for purchase!
See the attached brochure for how to purchase the 2012 report....
2012 Salary Survey Report…What’s in it? How can it help my agency? The 135-page 2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report reflects data as of January 31, 2012, including a compilation of actual salaries of 5,095 employees across 74 job classifications within 47 Michigan private, nonprofit child and family service agencies. The report also includes extensive and detailed information related to employee benefits. To make it easier to compare your agency's compensation packages to agencies across the state and in your region of the state and by similarly sized organizations, all data in the report is presented geographically: statewide, SE Michigan counties and counties outside of SE Michigan and by size of agency budget.
New in this year's Fringe Benefits section is expanded information related to health insurances. New in this year's Salaries Report section is a division of data by exempt (salaried) and non-exempt (hourly) employees. Additionally, the "number of years in this position" is reported for each job classification.
The brochure attached (SalSurRptWhatsInIt.pdf) spells out important uses for the report’s data, including a new IRS Form 990 requirement to document “reasonable compensation" paid to key employees. Read more about this in the attached BDO USA article titled, “Compensation and Transactions on the New Form 990.”
As you are aware, Chapin Hall has been engaged by DHS to conduct an in-depth actuarial rate study for both the private and public sectors in order to establish appropriate rates for service. This effort, funded by Casey Family Programs, is being led by Jennifer Haight, who will be with us for the conference in order to discuss the foundation of the study and gather information from private agencies.
Visit: www.michfed.org/annual-conference to see the schedule, download the conference brochure, get lodging information and to register!
Download the attached and check out the new and exciting Event, Marketing and SWAG sponsor options .... something for every budget!
As a sponsor/exhibitor you will:
• Expand your visibility and name recognition to a statewide market
• Meet face-to-face with the decision-makers of nonprofit agencies from across the state
• Reach an audience of over 300 individuals via pre-conference promotional materials
• Featured on our conference website as a sponsor/exhibitor with links to your website and contact information
• Have access to conference attendee contact information before and after the conference
The Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in the Michigan foster care system waiting for their forever family. At this free event, you'll hear more about the kids who are waiting, the process of foster care adoption and ways to support adoptive families. In addition, agency and county representatives will be on site to answer questions and help you get started on your adoption journey.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
48555 N Territorial Road
RSVP at www.mare.org or by calling 800.589.MARE
“Comedy for a Cause” has rapidly grown to be one of the most exciting and entertaining comedy shows in the Midwest! The past 35 events have attracted an audience of approx. 2,500 people each, reaching almost 100,000 in attendance. It has earned a strong rapport with nationally renowned comedians, professional agencies, businesses, and public officials.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Woodside Bible Church
Free admission. A love offering will be taken.
“Comedy for a Cause” would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors!! They make it possible for 100% of the donations collected at the event to go directly to serving the children.
The 2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey has been issued and is open for data entry through April 20, 2012! This year's survey has been revamped to include updated health insurance options and other fine-tuning, but the most notable change this year is in Part D - Salaries...
- The 74 job categories are organized as 50 Exempt and 24 Non-Exempt employees.
- The survey also asks for the number of years each employee has been in that position in your agency.
Two ways to report are offered; please use the method that works best for you:
- The traditional hard copy, downloadable below.
- PC-based Excel 2007 file [to request the .xlsm file be emailed to you, email email@example.com]
Federation Affiliate Member Michigan Home Based Family Services Association invites you to join others who are committed to quality family-centered services throughout Michigan.
New and renewing MHBFSA members benefit from three free trainings annually, discounted pricing for the MHBFSA annual conference (September 27-28, 2012), training hours and free social work CEs at each training, an e-newsletter called Practice, access to the Home Based Standards Guidelines Handbook, listing on and access to the MHBFSA website and more!
Find details about membership and benefits at www.mihomebased.com and in the attachments found below.
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.
The Michigan Federation for Children and Families' Board of Directors has unanimously approved Hands Across the Water’s full membership application. Based in Ann Arbor, HATW is COA and Hague accredited to provide adoption, foster care and education services. While the agency primarily serves Washtenaw, Wayne, Monroe, Jackson and Livingston counties, it serves families from all of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as well as numerous other states and other countries for international services.
Welcome to Kathleen Nelson, founder and executive director of Hands Across the Water!
To learn more about HATW, visit www.hatw.org.
This month's fatality video webcast involves an 11-month-old who died as a result of natural causes from premature birth. No identifying or confidential info. so there are no restrictions on who can view- you can use it in whatever way you think is useful.
Office of Family Advocate
Department of Human Services
235 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 1512
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-3475; FAX (517) 241-8125
The DHS Office of Family Advocates' Stacie Bladen and Seth Persky present a video case review of a child fatality. This month's example involves a 5 month old who died as a result of accidental suffocation. In addition to reviewing areas of interest in this fatality, they reinforce infant safe sleep practices.
To view the video click here.
The DHS Office of Family Advocates' Stacie Bladen and Seth Persky present a video case review of a child fatality. This month's example involves a teen male who died as a result of suicide. To view the video click here.
Director, Office of Family Advocate
Department of Human Services
Detroit News— It was just a few months ago that LaKeisha Johnson and her small children slept in a car when they couldn't count on a relative or a friend to provide them with a place to stay.
On Thursday, Johnson, 24, showed off her new two-bedroom apartment at Oakman Place Apartments, part of a program to house young, homeless adults, as well as those who have aged out of the state's foster care system.
"This is beautiful," said Johnson, as she showed off the expansive ground floor apartment, fully furnished with new furniture. "It doesn't seem real."
The 24-unit, three-story complex on Oakman Boulevard near Woodrow Wilson includes gated parking and a washer and dryer in each apartment.
The $5.1 million development is the result of a partnership that includes Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, Focus:HOPE and Michigan State Housing Development Authority MSHDA.
Robert G. Miles, president and CEO of Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, said the Oakman Place program provides adequate housing and other support services for homeless youth and those who "age out of the welfare system."
"Very few of our own children make the transition into adulthood without ongoing support and supportive services," Miles said. "Through this development, we have become more sensitized to the number of families who are challenged to find adequate, safe and affordable housing."
Miles said Thursday he hopes the residents will "love each other, support each other and become a community."
Selecting the first families to live in Oakman Place was a difficult task for social worker Carolyn Rayford, the deputy regional director for Lutheran Child & Family Service.
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.
The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Spring 2012 Catalog has been issued, featuring courses related to:
- Adoption Certificate Program
- Advocacy/Leadership/Social Justice
- Children, Youth, & Families
- Clinical Practice
- Mental Health
- Pain Management
- Online Programs
- Supervision in Child & Family Services Certificate
- School Social Work Competency Series
We would like to draw your attention to the April 26 session, "Helping the Judge Make the Right Decision: Effective Courtroom Testimony," which will be held in Grand Rapids, led by attorneys Joe Kozakiewicz and Delanie Pope of MSU's Chance at Childhood program.
Also of note, numerous experts from within MichFed member agencies are among the presenters of the 26 in-person course offerings:
- Jean Niemann, national training director at Spaulding for Children, leading "Family Assessment & Preparation for Adoption Professionals"
- Kevin Roach, CEO of Whaley Children's Center, leading "Identifying & Leading Change within Your Organization"
- Sarah Bretz, clinical supervisor at Judson Center, presenting "Understanding Autism: Beyond the Basics"
- Emily Besecker, behavior services supervisor at Judson Center, presenting "Behavioral Supports & Interventions for Individuals with an ASD"
- Michael Reiffer, clinical social worker at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, presents "Motivational Intereviewing with At-Risk Youth & Families & Substance Abuse"
- Sean deFour, COO at Judson Center, leading "Supervision Certificate #6: Recruiting & Selecting the Right Staff"
Teens in foster care face considerable individual and family challenges that place them at an elevated risk of becoming a teen parent. Child Trends has released a new research brief, Teen Parents in Foster Care: Risk Factors and Outcomes for Teens and Their Children, which reviews existing research literature on teens in foster care and examines analyses of primarily regional data to assess the extent to which teens in foster care are at risk of teen pregnancy and parenting. Existing studies suggest that teens in foster care have higher rates of teen pregnancy and parenthood than youth not in care. More than 160,000 of the children in foster care were over 12 years old in 2009.
On the basis of the research highlighted in this brief, Child Trends identifies several challenges to reducing rates of pregnancy and childbearing among teens in foster care and to preventing negative outcomes for these teen parents and their children. With this brief, we hope to increase understanding of this high-risk population; to inform strategies to reduce teen pregnancies in foster care and support teen parents in foster care and their children; and to identify issues that need further research.
This research was supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.