REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Michigan Federation for Children and Families 6th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the Michigan Federation for Children and Families 6th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Date:    Monday, February 26, 2018

Time:    Registration 8:30 AM • Program 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Location:    The MTG Space, 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

2018 Residential Treatment Conference will feature national and state expertise in the areas of: 

  • Residential transformation efforts across the U.S.
  • Aligning residential practices with desired outcomes
  • Incorporating youth-guided family-driven principles of care
  • Working through adolescent trauma
  • Engaging and supporting families with complex challenges 

The conference will be held Monday, February 26, 2018 at The MTG Space in Lansing, MI. Presenters are: 

Executive Director - Christ Child House

Job Details
Detroit, MI

Christ Child House (CCH) is a private, 501 (c)3 organization located in Detroit, Michigan. With the mantra “It’s Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood”, CCH provides comprehensive and therapeutic residential care, trauma-informed clinical treatment, for 31 boys ages 6-16, which have fallen victim to abuse and/or neglect.  CCH, which is Council On Accreditation (COA) accredited, has a staff of approximately 50 professional staff members.  We are the seeking the following key individual to join our team:

Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors of Christ Child Society (CCS), the Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for the implementation of policies, programs and operations of the agency.  The ED is responsible for an organizational culture that values a nurturing environment, providing training and development, the promulgation of innovative problem-solving, and adaptability in a changing and complex external child welfare environment. 

CCH seeks a dynamic and experienced Executive Director who will report directly to the CCS Board of Directors. The Executive Director must have a Master’s Degree in a human service field, preferably a Master’s of Social Work or equivalent, with a minimum of ten (10) years in an administrative leadership role, with at least five (5) years in a child caring institution. The candidate must have strong leadership skills with a proven track record of leading organizational change and growth. This person must demonstrate strong competence in serving high-risk children in need, while recognizing increasing challenges at the local, regional, and national level.

The individual selected to lead the agency will have high competency in organizational management, fund development, community relations, and advocacy. They must also demonstrate strong problem solving and strategic planning skills, as well as a solid understanding of the changing and complex child welfare landscape. This person must have strong communication skills, be versatile and flexible, and have high integrity. He/she must envision the future growth, while managing day-to-day operations.

CCH desires a leader who can commit to maintaining a strong presence in the community as well as advocate with DHS, philanthropists, and state lawmakers. He/She must have a strong commitment to maintaining best practices in clinical treatment as well as nonprofit management.

A letter of introduction, resume, and salary requirements are required for consideration.

No phone calls please. For more information about our Agency please visit (Online application IS NOT AVAILABLE).  Submit ALL required documentation to for consideration.

Christ Child Society of Detroit/Christ Child House is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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Sean de Four named VP/COO of Child and Family Services at Wellspring Lutheran Services

Wellspring Lutheran Services is pleased to announce Sean de Four has been named vice president and chief operating officer of child and family services at Wellspring. His work with Wellspring begins Monday, Nov. 27.

De Four comes to Wellspring with a distinguished career in child welfare and family preservation work, most recently in a similar role with Samaritas in Detroit. Prior to that, he served in various roles with Judson Center, Royal Oak, MI. His passion for children and families has propelled his career, making an impact within the agencies where he’s served, as well as contributing to the field in numerous leadership positions.

De Four has served at the University of Michigan’s School of Social work as a lecturer and past member of their Alumni Board of Governors. He is on the board of directors at the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, serves as the co-chair of the Child Welfare Partnership Council in Lansing, and is on the board of the West Michigan Partnership for Children in Grand Rapids. De Four also serves as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation.

Federation President Brian Philson succeeded by President Debora Matthews; Maria Lessnau elected as secretary

At the November 8, 2017, Board of Directors meeting, members and staff expressed deep appreciation to Brian Philson, president/CEO of Highfields, Inc., for his exemplary leadership as Federation president over the last two years. Stepping into the presidency role is Debora Matthews, president/CEO of The Children’s Center, having been elected last year to serve as president-elect for a one-year term. Deb previously served as treasurer and chairs the Board’s Audit Committee. Brian remains in a leadership role on the Executive Committee as immediate past president. Also on November 8, the Board unanimously elected Maria Lessnau to serve a two-year term as secretary. Maria is executive director of Guiding Harbor in Belleville and co-chairs the Federation’s Residential Treatment MIN. Maria was honored as Federation Ambassador of the Year at the 2017 Annual Senior Management Conference held in September at Crystal Mountain Resort. Congratulations to all!

December 6-9: Unite to Face Addiction Michigan: 6th Annual Recovery Live Residency Tour

December 6-9: Unite to Face Addiction Michigan: 6th Annual Recovery Live Residency Tour—Four public evening performances and 12 day-time performances and Narcan Trainings will be held for this special series of events. Evening events include:
December 6 • MSU campus and Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing
December 7 • UAW-Ford National Programs Center, Detroit
December 8 • East Flint Nazarene Church, Flint
December 9 • Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor
The day-time events will be held in high schools, treatment centers, recovery community organizations, and in juvenile, jail and prison facilities in Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. For tickets and sponsor opportunities, visit or call 810-360-5779 or email


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