Feb. 14: Michigan Heart Gallery 2008 Exhibit Kicks Off in Lansing

Michigan Heart Gallery 2008 Exhibit Kicks Off in Lansing
Public to view professional portraits of Michigan foster children
who are waiting to be adopted.

Contact:  Maureen Sorbet (517) 373-7394

The grand opening of the 2008 Michigan Heart Gallery. There are more
than 4,000 children in Michigan waiting to be adopted. More than 60 of
these children will be featured in a heart-warming photographic exhibit
called the Michigan Heart Gallery.

Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Proceedings

Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Proceedings: Using the "Yellow Book" to Improve Practice Program Description and Objectives

This free one-day regional training is designed to improve the skills of private agency and DHS child welfare caseworkers in using the Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Proceedings (Yellow Book).

One-day regional trainings will be held on:
March 13, 2008 at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids
April 17, 2008 at Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing
May 2, 2008 at the University Center in Gaylord

Poverty forums upcoming in Detroit and Flint

Michigan Department of Human Services News Release

Contact: Daniel Piepszowski (313) 689-0171
Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity

Maureen Sorbet (517) 373-7394
Michigan Department of Human Services

Poverty forums upcoming in Detroit and Flint;
Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity hold events that,
in part, lead to upcoming poverty summit

Feb. 8, 2008

Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity will hold
forums in Detroit and Flint in February to hear directly from Michigan
individuals and families who are living in poverty. They are part of a
series of six forums to be held across the state that will lead to
Michigan’s first poverty summit in November 2008. The forums will be held:

--Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church,
23 East Adams in Detroit.

--Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Genesee County Community Action,
601 N. Saginaw St., Flint.

Wedgwood Christian Services • 2nd Quarter Trainings

Now available: Wedgwood Christian Services Training opportunities for April through June 2008.

CE's are available for many of the trainings.

Download the training brochure below:

Wedgwood Institute 2nd quarter brochure.

March 3: Substance-Affected Children

The State Court Administrative Office, Family Services Division will hold a Substance-Affected Children program on March 3, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. In this program’s opening session, Dr. Mark A. Sloane, Medical Director of the Center for Behavioral Pediatrics in Kalamazoo, and James Henry, MSW, Ph.D.

March 13-16: MAFAK Parents Annual Training Conference

Themed “Hear the Children,” the annual state training conference hosted by the Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents will be held March 13-16, 2008 at the Holiday Inn South, Lansing.

Download the conference book here: MAFAK Conference Book

Conference Book Ad Form

MSU SSW Continuing Education: Spring 2008 Catalog covers February-April

You can now download the MSU SSE CE Spring 2008 Catalog offerings for February through April 2008 by clicking on the catalog link below. The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education program offers courses with a focus on Clinical Issues, Leadership, Specialty Programs, Contemporary Issues in Aging, and Supervision Certificate in Child and Family Services. Discounted registration fees apply to the Supervision Certificate courses for any employee of a Federation Full or Affiliate Member!

October 25: Worry-Free Advocacy: Understanding the Rules of Nonprofit Advocacy

Alliance for Justice presents...
"Worry-Free Advocacy: Understanding the Rules of Nonprofit Advocacy and Election-Related Activity" on October 25, 2007 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Michigan Nonprofit Association, 1048 Pierpont Dr.

November 8: Making the Pie Bigger: Innovative Strategies to Raise Funds through Social Ventures

A workshop for nonprofit CEOs and senior managers committed to initiating or expanding earned incomes ventures as a means to support the agency's mission. This workshop will take place on November 8, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Technological University. Jerr Boschee, a nationally known training expert in social enterprise, one of the six co-founders of the Social Enterprise Alliance and has served as president and CEO of the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs will be the workshop facilitator.

MAFAK • Call for workshop proposals

Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents
March 13 – 16, 2008

Carefully note the following expectations for all proposals:

All proposals must be submitted using this criteria. Additional information such as a resume, program description brochure, copies of promotional material from previous presentations, etc., may also be attached. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

All proposals must be submitted to the address below, the committee will not consider proposals submitted elsewhere.

Workshop sessions are ninety minutes in length with a limited number extended to two or three time periods. Please indicate if you are willing to repeat your workshop(s).

Indicate the targeted group(s) for whom your presentation is intended. Also include the level of expertise or prior knowledge needed (beginning, intermediate, advanced). All workshops will be labeled in the registration brochure to enable conference registrants to choose appropriate workshops.

November 20: Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals Working with Children and Families

The State Court Administrative Office, Family Services-Child Welfare Services Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice will hold this training on November 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. This training is based on the book Bridges Out Of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, by Ruby K. Payne, Philip DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith.

Wedgwood Institute October/November trainings

The following Wedgwood Institute trainings have been approved for Social Work Continuing Education Hours: Adolescents: What Are They Thinking on October 18 from 9 – 11 a.m.; Compassion Fatigue on October 18 from 2 – 4 p.m.; Family Therapy on November 8 from 9 a.m. to Noon and Taking the Mystery Out of Adolescent Cutting and Self-Injurious Behavior on November 15 from 9 – 11 a.m. All classes are held on Wedgwood’s Grand Rapids campus. Cost is $25 per class, except Compassion Fatigue for $20.

Change a Light Change Michigan 2007

October marks the beginning of the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign.   It is a national call-to-action to encourage individuals to help change the world, one energy-saving light bulb step at a time.

On October 1, Urban Options is launching the Change a Light Change Michigan  2007 campaign along with 7 Lansing area Ace Hardware stores to sell ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for a discounted price (download Change a Light flyer here ).

The sale will begin on October 1 and run through November 30 while supplies last.   Michigan residents may purchase up to 12 CFLs for as little as 99 cents depending on the style of bulb purchased.

November 8: Judicial Leadership in Determining Children’s “Best Interests” in Child Protective Proceedings

The State Court Administrative Office Family Services Division will hold this training on November 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth. This one-day training will highlight certain essential information about a child’s “best interests” that a judge or referee must consider in making fully informed decisions about terminating parental rights and other important decisions that affect the safety and well being of children in foster care. There is no registration cost to attend this training, all training material and lunch will be provided.

October 22-23: Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment

This 26th Annual Michigan Statewide Conference sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System’s Child protection Team, U of M Medical School and U of M Mott Children’s Hospital. This conference features three keynote speakers: Lundy Bancroft will discuss “The Batterer as Parent.” D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas will present “Keeping the Fires Lit.” Misty Larthridge will present “Cultural Competency: Recognizing and Destroying the Barriers.” Nearly 30 workshops round out the two-day conference at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.