September 23: #Stop This Traffic Conference

Wedgwood Christian Services' Manasseh Project is hosting the #StopThisTraffic Conference at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The #StopThisTraffic Conference is bringing together experts, educators, advocates, and survivors to share their stories and expertise on how to tackle the issue of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Speakers from across the country will be presenting at the conference. The line-up includes:

Presentations and discussion will cover:

  • The links between substance abuse and trafficking
  • The impact of trauma on the brain
  • Current legislation and statistics of trafficking in Michigan
  • Survivor testimony

Registration Deadline is September 9th.

Tickets purchase before August 19: $20
Tickets purchased August 20 - September 9: $25

Ticket Includes: continental breakfast, lunch, & admission into Fredrik Meijer Gardens during lunch

There are only 150 tickets available. 

Purchase Tickets Here

CE's Available

If you have questions or would like more information, 
please contact Mary at or 616.831.5610

National expert Dr. Larry Epstein to present at residential treatment conference in Lansing

February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder • office (517) 485-8552 • cell (734) 476-3845

Lansing, MI—Themed “Creating Normalcy for Youth in Residential Settings,” the 4th annual residential treatment conference hosted by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families will take place February 29, 2016, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus.

Over 200 attendees from across the state will include residential treatment program youth and family specialists, mental health and behavioral health clinicians, juvenile detention therapists, supervisors, program directors, administrators, CEOs, and key leaders from the private agency sector, county juvenile centers, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The conference will feature national expert Dr. Larry Epstein, director of training and implementation at Think:Kids, a program of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching Collaborative Problem Solving, a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

In addition to Dr. Epstein’s opening keynote and closing session, workshops will provide tools and techniques for residential facility staff to incorporate into their own work as they create normalcy for youth in residential settings. The workshop topics include:

• Collaborative Problem Solving: Practical Strategies for Implementation
• The Holy Grail of Eliminating Restraints
• Necessity of Joy and Play for Youth in Residential Settings
• Sanctuary Model of Care in Residential Treatment
• Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in a Residential Placement: “Empowering LGBTQ Youth at Ruth’s House”
• Trauma Informed Parenting: Residential Staff and Parents Working on the Same Page

Established in 1969, the Michigan Federation for Children and Families is a statewide association of private nonprofit child and family service agencies, advocacy organizations and individuals devoted to addressing the needs of Michigan’s vulnerable children and families. Find the full conference program and learn more about the work of the association at

MSU CEU Summer/Fall 2015 Catalog

Michigan State University School of Social Work believes learning is a lifelong endeavor and to that aim, the Michigan State University School of Social Work has served as a leader in delivering learning experiences on emerging, current, and historic topics, theories, and practices from the greatest experts in the field. This summer and fall 2015, we look forward to offering programming that advances your career, introduces you to new skills, strengthens your existing skills, and provides you with opportunities to network with social work and other professionals. We encourage you to grow in your area of professional practice and also to take a risk; attend a program that stretches you.

Always with an eye on the horizon, we are increasing access to subject matter experts worldwide through the delivery of live webinars, which are also recorded and available to watch “On Demand.” See pages 29–30 for more details. 

Click here to download the catalog:

2015 Senior Management Conference

Michigan Federation for Children and Families Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting will be held on September 16-18, 2015 at Shanty Creek Cedar River Village in Belaire, MI. 


Family Preservation MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting

Federation members only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Adoption/Licensing/Foster Care/IL MIN Meeting Day

Federation Members Only. More information will be emailed out to MIN group members. 

HR Lunch & Learn and HR MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only: 


Wednesday, OCTOBER 1, 2014, at the Federation office.


11:30 - 12:00    LUNCH compliments of Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS) Insurance Agency 

                —Order lunch when you RSVP


12:00 - 1:00         HR LEARN session with Denise Neuhaus of BHS Ins. Agency

                   Topic: "Conducting Employment Interviews" 

                We will discuss best practice techniques for developing interview questions. 

                In addition, we will discuss what to include on your employment application….bring yours with you to share (20 copies)!


1:00 - 2:30           HR MIN meeting …. request agenda items when you RSVP.

Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

Attached you will find the Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog listing programs that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHS. 

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

Registration to attend each course will be handled through the hosting university, and in order to record in-service training hours with the Department, your training facility coordinator must log the training hours into the DHS learning management system. 

Register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!

Adoption, Licensing, Foster Care & Independent Living MINs Meet

Federation member's only
July 16, 2014
Adoption MIN
Licensing MIN
Foster Care MIN
Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN


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