If your organization is interested in improving its practices and staff skills toward becoming a family-driven organization and engaging families, it is recommended that your organization send teams of leaders to the August 8 training, as well as participate in each of the three webinars. The webinars move from foundational to advanced family engagement strategies, and each of these events will feature faculty from different residential programs across the country who have extensive experience in moving their organizations to becoming family-driven and engaging families with complex challenges.
Registration is now open!
You will want to register today to attend the September 19-21, 2018 Senior Management Conference. New marketing and sponsorship opportunities are also available—act fast before they'e gone! Download/view the attached conference brochure and then register online.
Minority Professional Leadership Development: FREE opportunity!—Spaulding for Children is a sub-awardee on a federal grant (AdoptUSKids) and responsible for the implementation of the Minority Professional Leadership Development program, an 8-month program designed to enhance the leadership skills of emerging minority leaders in the field of adoption across the nation and hopefully, address the over representation of minority families in the child welfare system. The new Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program at AdoptUSKids is accepting applications from candidates now through September 3. This eight-month fellowship is designed for emerging leaders working in child welfare. It includes hands-on experience, exposure to national experts, and mentorship opportunities. It will begin with a 3-day kick-off celebration in the Washington, DC, area in January 2019. To learn more about the MPLD program and to get an application, go to http://adoptuskids.org/mpld.
The Federation Board has voted to approve the Affiliate Member application of Fostering Forward Michigan (FFM), led by President Lara Bouse. The all-volunteer organization is dedicated to the equal and accurate sharing of important information that can impact the quality of life for foster families and families who have adopted through foster care. FFM has published a number of parent-to-parent tutorials on important topics and strives to disseminate information from other resources and organizations so it is readily available to all families within our communities. https://www.fosteringforwardmi.org
The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Child Welfare Awards, which are given every year in the fall to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to Michigan’s foster children.
“The awards program provides a forum for recognition of the excellent work that is performed by child welfare professionals who work diligently to overcome systemic barriers and go above and beyond policy, court rule, and statutory standards to help ensure the safety, well-being, and timely permanency for children and families served by our foster care system,” said FCRB Program Manager James Novell.
One nominee from each of the following categories will be recognized, and nomination criteria can be found in each of the links: