NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies

Attached you will find the NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS. 

In addition is a catalog of training opportunities for foster, adoptive, kinship and birth parents. Please help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings.

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.

 

Welcome newest Federation member Covenant House Michigan!

The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member application of Covenant House Michigan submitted by their Executive Director Gerald Piro. Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization located in Detroit that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. They provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Their goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood. CHM has come to be known by Detroit area young people as a place they can go to build a better future and be treated with respect and unconditional love. Over 60,000 youths have been served by CHM since its inception in September, 1997. Visit them on the web at: https://covenanthousemi.org Welcome Gerald and staff! 

Register Today! September 12-15, 2017 Sr. Management Conference

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Robert Acton, JD is Principal and Founder of Cause Strategy Partners "Building High-Impact Cross-Sector Partnerships"

Robert ActonA “go-it-alone” mentality is all too common in the social good sector. Nonprofits organizations aspire to make meaningful impact on pressing and pervasive social challenges, yet too often engage in the mission independent of others, void of collaborators, alone.  We know why it happens.  Creating and sustaining cross-sector partnerships isn’t easy.  Whether based in fears of motivation, scarcity, imbalance or misalignment, social progress is often hindered by an unwillingness to think bigger, extend our reach, and creatively explore bold partnerships that have the potential to result in promising solutions for our cause.

Welcome newest Federation member West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC)

Welcome newest Federation member West Michigan Partnership for Children—The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member application of West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) submitted by their CEO Kristyn Peck. WMPC is the consortium model pilot for performance based contracting in Kent County. This performance-based child welfare system seeks to further improve safety, quality and consistency of services and outcomes for children and families throughout the state. The Kent County child welfare service providers (Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services, form the West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC), which will contract directly with MDHHS and with the individual service providers. Welcome Kristyn and staff! 

Welcome newest Federation member Michigan Juvenile Detention Association (MJDA)

Welcome newest Federation member Michigan Juvenile Detention Association (MJDA)—The Federation Board has voted to approve the Affiliate Member application of Michigan Juvenile Detention Association (MJDA) submitted by Richard Gentry, President. The Michigan Juvenile Detention Association is composed of 26 different Juvenile Detention agencies of varying sizes all over the state of Michigan. 

Vision
The Michigan Juvenile Detention Association will continue to be a national leader in promoting and sustaining of exemplary juvenile detention, residential treatment, and community based services for youth and their families.

Mission
The Michigan Juvenile Detention Association is committed to the highest standard of professional ethics, overall excellence in the care and custody of youth, and the provision of services to their families.

Learn more about the association at http://mjdaonline.org. Welcome, Richard and members of MJDA! 

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