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15th Annual Michigan Teen Conference tagged "best one yet"

The 15th Annual Michigan Teen Conference was a tremendous success, with over 300 participants, including 200+ youth, 70+ chaperones, presenters and planning committee members in attendance. Not familiar with the Michigan Teen Conference? Check out the program posted below

Special thanks to conference fiduciary Samaritas for its leadership, to all hard-working planning committee members and generous sponsors (see page 9 of the program), and to Saginaw Valley State University for hosting the conference and providing numerous student volunteers to assist during the event. Several attendees claimed this was the “best one yet.”  

 

2018 Compensation Data Report available for purchase

Data reflected in the 2018 Compensation Data Report was provided by 52 private, nonprofit human service agencies across Michigan, current as of January 31, 2018. The Federation member response rate was 90%...thank you! Copies of the report were distributed were put into the U.S. mail on Wednesday, September 25, addressed to Full Member CEOs and HR Directors

It is available for purchase by other interested parties.

Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Rose Homa, rose@michfed.org. Many thanks to those who invested their time and energy completing this survey; you’ve made this an especially valuable resource for yourselves and your colleagues!

To purchase the 2018 report, the following prices apply: $150 for Federation Members and Corporate Sponsors; $200 for non-participating non-Federation entities. Send your request and payment to Michigan Federation for Children and Families, 620 S Capitol Ave, Suite 325, Lansing, MI 48933. Or e-mail your request to jenny@michfed.org and pay via credit card at this link (a 4% administrative charge will be added to your order): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MichfedPayment

2017 Michigan Foster Care Review Board Annual Report

Please find the attached Michigan Foster Care Review Board 2017 Annual Report, which is both attached and available online at: 

http://courts.mi.gov/FCRB2017AnnualReport

NEW 2018-19 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

Attached you will find the NEW 2018-19 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.

The Leadership training opportunities focus on staff engagement and retention. 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 training opportunities—accessible by webinar.

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.

Please direct any questions you may have about these courses to the MSU School of Social Work or the university hosting these trainings. Remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

Michigan Federation Member Agency Spotlights

Karra VanderWiere, a foster care social worker at D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, has been awarded the 2017 John P. Steketee Child Welfare Advocate of the Year Award! “Karra is the perfect example of what an effective foster care worker should be. Karra’s passion, positivity, and enthusiasm shine through all of her interactions and are contagious to those around her." 

Christ Child House has again achieved expedited accreditation through the Council on Accreditation! Congratulations to Executive Director John Yablonky and the entire staff at Christ Child House!

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan has named Jennifer Santer as the agency’s new CEO, replacing interim CEO Mark Holliday. Welcome Jennifer!

West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) celebrated its October 1 launch with a Fall in Love with Foster Care event on Oct. 25, 2017. WMPC is piloting a five-year innovative foster care funding model through a contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) that is the first of its kind in the state. WMPC is partnering with the five private licensed child placing agencies that provide foster care in Kent County: Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett-St. John's, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services. The creation of WMPC is the result of a long-time public-private partnership between local foster care and other social service agencies, county government, and MDHHS that has been cultivated by the Michigan Child Welfare Partnership Council and the legislature.

 

 

 

On October 14, 2017, Lutheran Adoption Service partnered with Beautiful Savior Church to hold the 3rd Annual Forever Home Run. The 5k race raised $40,000 to help provide supports to families who adopt older youth from the foster care system. Additionally, the race provided awareness within the community of the need for youth to find forever families.

 

 

 

Contact Us

Michigan Federation for Children and Families

620 S Capitol Ave, Suite 325

Lansing, MI 48933

 

Phone: (517) 485-8552

Fax: (517) 485-6680

Email: lansing@michfed.org

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