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"

REGISTRATION OPEN: March 2 & 3, 2020 Navigating Change: Fulfilling the Promise of the FFPSA

You may now REGISTER to attend! 

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: $110 per person/per conference (Federation member) $155 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! 

Both conferences will feature a keynote by nationally-renowned speaker Amelia Franck Meyer!

Amelia Franck Meyer is CEO of Alia, a national non-profit focused on transforming how child welfare is done in this country. Amelia delivered a very powerful address at this year's Sr. Management Conference. Here's what your colleagues had to say about her presentation: 

  • "This was one of the best presentations I’ve ever attended. Amelia was engaging, informative, honest and her work is noteworthy! I would love to have her train at my agency!"
  • "Exceptional and inspirational." 
  • "Engaging, motivational and inspiring presenter. I wanted to stand up and cheer numerous times during the talk."

Both conferences will also have national speakers from Casey Family Programs focusing on implementing the FFPSA specific to each conference audience.

The Residential Treatment conference will also feature sessions on: 

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Building Awareness of LGBTQ Youth
  • Applying Effective Behavior Management Strategies with Urban Youth

The Family Preservation conference will also feature sessions on: 

  • Welcome address by Jooyeun Chang, Deputy Director, Children's Services Administration, MDHHS. 
  • Panel featuring three evidence-based interventions. 
  • Motivational interviewing. 

CLICK HERE to download/view the CONFERENCE FLYER which includes SPONSORSHIP and MARKETING opportunities. To sign up to SPONSORCLICK HERE

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

Nominations Sought for 2020 Governor’s Service Awards

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Community Service Commission is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. This event is hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission.

The online application for the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards is available at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 17, 2020. Date and location of the event will be announced at a later date.

“We want to recognize Michigan volunteers who make their community a better place,” Michigan Community Service Commission executive director Ginna Holmes said. “Hearing the stories of Michiganders generosity and giving spirit is inspiring for all.”

Awards will be presented in 10 categories which reflect the diverse nature of volunteers throughout the state. The categories are:

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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