NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies

Attached you will find the NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS. 

In addition is a catalog of training opportunities for foster, adoptive, kinship and birth parents. Please help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings.

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.


Sr. Management Conference: Come Together: Partners in Excellence
Sept. 16: Confidential Intermediary Training

Confidential Intermediary Training
Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc., is hosting a one-day training, endorsed by The Michigan Probate Judges Association, to provide interested individuals an overview of the skills and information necessary to function as a confidential intermediary.

The 1995 Adoption Legislation
The role of a confidential intermediary was formalized in Michigan with the passage of legislation that took effect on January 1, 1995. The legislation (P.A. 202 of 1994) allows a court to appoint a confidential intermediary to search for and make contact with a former family member. If the search efforts are successful, then the confidential intermediary is responsible to, “… discreetly and confidentially contact the individual to ascertain whether the individual is willing to release information to the petitioner or to meet or communicate with the petitioner.”

The legislation responds to a concern of many people throughout Michigan who would like to make contact with a person(s) with whom they have a connection. Confidential Intermediaries can play an instrumental role in these reunions, but there are important skills and information necessary to be competent.

In addition, there are sensitivity issues which confidential intermediaries must recognize to assure that the issues and concerns of the persons involved are handled with respect. For these reasons, the legislation requires confidential intermediaries to file an oath of confidentiality and to complete training.

Each County Court in Michigan will make their own determination as to how they will proceed with providing confidential intermediary services. Participants should be aware that C.I. approval by one court does not constitute approval by any other court in Michigan.

Registration fee: $100.00
Payable to: Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc.
Please return your registration form and fee by: September 1, 2015
Space is limited. Fee is non-refundable.

Registration form: Download the attachment!

2015 MNYF Annual Conference

Special early registration offer is good through July 31: Buy one, get one half-off! Vendor exhibit space is also available for a modest fee. Download attachments for details.

Four workshop tracks are offered:


  • Transitions to Success
  • Advanced Leadership Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Skills for Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Effective Approaches to Dealing with Unacceptable Employee Behavior
  • Investing in Your Most Valuable Resource...Your Team
  • Community Organizations...Collaborate!


  • Family Preservation for LGBT Youth
  • Scaffolding for Successful Transition to Adulthood for At-risk Youth
  • Treating the Adolescent Sex Offender
  • DBT, Parts I and II
  • Clinical Work with Oppositional Defiant Teens
  • Self Injury

Case Management/Direct Care

  • Journey Through HMS
  • Trauma Informed Care for Case Managers & Direct Care Staff, Parts I and II
  • Homless Youth Education Rights
  • Human Trafficking

Case Managers and Direct Care

  • Tools for Your Toolbox that Work with Youth
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Crisis Intervention & De-escalation, Parts I and II
  • Ethics Training for Child and Youth Care Workers, Establishing Professional Standards
  • LGBT Youth Culture

Conference registration prices:

Special early registration offer: Buy one, get one half-off! Download attachments for details.

  • MNYF member:  $100 for three days; $60 for one day
  • MNYF affiliate member:  $125 for three days; $75 for one day
  • Non-MNYF member:  $150 for three days; $90 for one day

If you are interested in reserving Vendor Exhibit Space, see the attachment.

June 20: Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Early Summer Workshop

Sign up today for the Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Early Summer Workshop to be held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Attendees are eligible for up to 6 Social Work CECHs (pending approval).

Sessions include:

  • Addiction to Crime: Games Criminals Play;
  • Toxic Relationships and the Effects on the Beliefs and Actions of Youth;
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition;
  • Recognizing the Signs of Autism;
  • Human Trafficking;
  • Youth Voice: The Importance of Youth Involvement; and
  • Period of Purple Crying: Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Find registration and cost information in the downloadable attachment below.

Registration is open! 2014 Michigan Teen Conference - Take Charge of Your Journey

Do you know a youth in Foster Care or Independent Living who needs to learn about money management, employment, educational opportunities, healthy relationships, or housing? If you do, then help them pre-register for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference.

Youth must be ages 14 to 21 and in Foster Care or Independent Living. If attendees are under the age of 18, a chaperone MUST attend the conference with them and accompany them at all times. Caretakers of the youth and professionals who work with teens are also invited. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to make the challenging transition to adult life.

Workshops will feature topics such as:

• Budgeting/money management (beginner and advanced)
• College supportive programs (youth panel)
• Funding resources (ETV, YIT)
• Housing
• Job search/employment
• Legal rights of youth in care and as adults
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Social media
• Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care

In addition, a special Walk through Life will feature numerous life stations to visit and resources to grab at this fun, interactive two-hour session. It is a chance for youth to put into practice many of the life skills they acquired during the conference. Stations will include:
• Education
• Employment
• Finances
• Housing
• Identification
• Transportation

Promote this event with foster youth and be pro-active: secure funding now!
Funding sources: YIT • MYOI • Private fund raising
Use registration form to calculate cost for your funding request.

Find the conference on Facebook!


Adoption Option Inc.
Bethany Christian Services
Fostering Success Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
Michigan Department of Human Services–Youth In Transition
Michigan Federation for Children and Families

Use the Sponsor Form provided to add your name to this list.

Find all the details in the attachment posted below.

May-June: Adoption Competency Curriculum Training FREE through National Resource Center for Adoption

The National Resource Center for Adoption is offering training in May and June 2011 on five modules of its Adoption Competency Curriculum:

  • May 12: Module 1: Federal Laws Impacting Adoption Placement
  • May 25 & 26: Module 2: Child/Youth Assessment & Preparation
  • June 8 & 9: Module 3: Family Assessment & Preparation
  • June 9: Module 4: Decision Making & Placement Selection
  • June 15: Module 5: Post Adoption Services

This series is designed as a comprehensive curriculum for training child welfare practitioners in public and private agencies who provide adoption services for children/youth who have been abused or neglected. Registration for each module is limited to 25 participants. All course materials and lunch are provided free of charge. Social Work CECHs are offered for participants who complete one or more modules. An Adoption Competency Overview booklet is available, along with registration information. See attachments below.

April-June: Wedgwood Institute Lifelong Learning workshops

Find full details of Wedgwood Institute’s spring schedule of workshops in the attached brochure. Sessions for spring include:
➢ April 12: Children and Teens with ADHD
➢ April 19: Conflict Resolution
➢ April 26 and June 24: Becoming Trauma Sensitive
➢ May 10: Treating Terrified Children
➢ May 17: Cultural Competence
➢ June 14: Human Trafficking Seminar

2011 Informational Trainings Education and Training Voucher (ETV) & Youth in Transition (YIT)


Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is hosting six informational trainings across the State of Michigan. Presenters include: ETV Program Staff & YIT Departmental Analyst, Ann Rossi.

Thursday, March 10, 2011: Southfield, MI

Thursday, March 24, 2011: Kalamazoo, MI

Tuesday, April 5, 2011: Flint, MI

Wednesday, April 27, 2011: Lansing, MI

Wednesday, May 25, 2011: Grand Rapids, MI

Friday, June 3, 2011: Mackinaw City, MI

Please register on JJOLT at:
Class Title: Education Planner Training - Funding Sources
Register here.

November 17: Webinar "What Parents are Saying about Foster Care Adoptions: Key Findings from the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents"

What Parents are Saying about Foster Care Adoptions: Key Findings from the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Child Trends invites you to join a free webinar to learn about key findings from the National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP) and their implications for federal and state policies. Researchers from Child Trends will present key findings from the national survey, and policy experts will discuss how these findings inform deliberations on adoption policies. Invited guests include adoption experts from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).

The NSAP was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and represents the first ever nationally-representative survey on the characteristics, adoption-related experiences, and well-being of adopted children and their families in the U.S. The webinar will focus on findings involving families with children adopted from foster care. Although more than 57,000 children were adopted from the public foster care system during FFY 2009, 115,000 children in care continued to wait for an adoptive family at the end of the year. The NSAP findings provide invaluable information from the voices of parents themselves about improving adoptive parent recruitment, better preparing prospective adoptive parents, and enhancing support services for adoptive families and their children.

Register below. Space is limited.Reserve your webinar seat now at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


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