REGISTRATION DEADLINE FEB 21: March 2 & 3, 2020 Navigating Change: Fulfilling the Promise of the FFPSA


CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the: Monday, MARCH 2, 2020: 8th Annual Residential Treatment Conference • 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the: Tuesday, MARCH 3, 2020: 1st Annual Family Preservation Conference • 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM

Cost to attend: $135 per person/per conference (Federation member) $180 each (non-member)

Location: Greater Lansing Association of Realators (The MTG Space), 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing. 

Earn as many as 5 social work continuing education credit hours at each conference for an additional $30 per conference! 

Event Date: 
03/02/2020 - 8:30am to 03/03/2020 - 4:00pm

2020 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

CLICK HERE, to DOWNLOAD/VIEW the 2020 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog featuring opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS, as well as DHHS employees.

For the first time, these trainings are NOW available free of charge to FAMILY PRESERVATION workers and supervisors of MDHHS-contracted private agencies!

The Leadership training opportunities are on supervising a mobile workforce and secondary trauma. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors.

Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the Caregiver-specific webinar training opportunities upcoming this fall on the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.

SPEAKER RFPs sought for 2020 Sr. Management Conference

The Michigan Federation for Children and Families 2020 Senior Management Conference Planning Committee invites proposals to present at the Federation’s Sr. Management Conference on September 16-18, 2020 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI. 

The Federation’s Annual Senior Management Conference offers timely information to private child welfare leaders through engaging educational sessions presented by knowledgeable speakers. These educational programs cover an array of management topics pertinent to the nonprofit child welfare field, designed to meet the needs of the Federation’s diverse membership.

Professionals and academics are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference. This is your opportunity to share your expertise and tap your creativity by developing an original program for presentation at the conference.

The Conference Planning Committee is interested in proposals representing a broad range of contemporary presentations whose delivery will empower child welfare professionals with new information and ideas that introduce attendees to innovative and creative programs that serve children and families in need. 

The 2020 theme is "2020: Managing for Success, Achieving the Vision"

2019 Federation ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR Award

Advocate of the Year is presented to a Federation member who has played a strong role in carrying out the mission of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families: to influence public policy and practice in support of the highest quality services to vulnerable children and families.

Khadija Walker-Fobbs, Executive Director of The New Foster Care, was presented with the 2019 Federation Member Advocate of the Year award in recognition of her consistent involvement in the Federation’s advocacy efforts. 

When thinking about a Federation member who is highly involved in advocacy efforts and systems change, Khadija comes quickly to mind. In the fall, Khadija’s organization spearheaded and convened a candidate forum to facilitate discussions to develop more informed voters. Khadija understood that both statewide and local candidates for office do not always address the many issues that matter to children and families involved in the foster care system, and she proceeded to develop a forum led by youth to ask important questions about foster care. Khadija was very involved in the Federation’s Annual Executive Legislative and Advocacy Day, maximizing the number of legislators and staff that she spoke with about the Federation’s state budget and policy priorities. Through The New Foster Care’s work at Fostering Success Michigan, the organization testified to the House of Representatives in support of increasing funding available through the Fostering Futures scholarship fund. The organization has also supported the Annual Teen Conference and the National Foster Youth Institute’s first legislative Shadow Day in Lansing, bringing youth voices to the public policy process, which is essential and a priority to Khadija and her team. Khadija is both a skilled advocate for her agency, and colleagues in the field know she is someone who will act to ensure kids, families, and especially teenagers, are equipped with the best resources to be successful and thrive in their communities.

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