StoryCorps coming to Teen Conference: Please ask teens attending the conference to consider signing up

StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening, is coming to the Michigan Teen Conference on June 23 and 24, 2009, to capture stories of youth in our foster care community. Youth who do an interview (dialogue and recording session) with StoryCorps will have an opportunity to have their voice heard and tell their story, whatever it may be. See attachment for more information about this effort and how to register.

Starr Commonwealth hosts panel discussion with local and national experts

Starr Commonwealth is proud to have hosted a panel discussion with local and national experts on the challenges and opportunities facing today's human service organizations.


L-R Top Row: Peter Goldberg, Terri Gilbert, Martin Mitchell, Sharon Davis, Richard Klarberg, Dan Thompson; Bottom Row: Jack Kresnak, Larry Brendtro, Janet Reynolds Snyder. Not pictured is Earl Ryan.

Carolyn Sutherby honored by NASW-MI Chapter, receives 'Lisa Putnam Award for Excellence in Child Welfare'

conflogoAt the National Association of Social Workers, Michigan Chapter 2009 Annual Conference on April 16th, Carolyn Sutherby, LMSW, ACSW was recognized for her exemplary work with foster care children, birth parents and foster parents. For the past eight years, Carolyn has been employed with Lutheran Child & Family Service in Kentwood, presently as foster care supervisor and therapist.

May 21 (Kalamazoo), August 14 (Dearborn): "Using the Yellow Book to Improve Practice"

Five of these sessions, which feature the “Yellow Book,” Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Services Proceedings,” were held in 2008. The quality and value of this training was of such significance that the funding source, the Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice, has scheduled repeat sessions for 2009. There is no charge to attend; registrations must be received by May 6 and August 1, respectively.


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