ADOPTION/LICENSING/FOSTER CARE/TEEN ISSUES MIN DAY

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Event Date: 
07/18/2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

MEMBER'S ONLY

ADOPTION MIN
Member chair(s): 
    Lena Wilson, Samaritas
    Tamela Phillips, Bethany Christian Services
Meets: Quarterly on a Wednesday, 10:00 am–11:45 am    Focus: Timely permanency for children and families through adoption. 
Key topics: Policies, regulations and legislation impacting adoption; best practices and strategies for effective adoption programs; post-adoption support services for families; and appropriate contracts and reimbursement rates. 
Works closely with: MDHHS Adoption Program Office, Adoption Subsidy Office, and Michigan Children’s Institute and MCI Superintendent.

LICENSING
Member chair(s): 
    Diane Goodemote, Child and Family Charities
    Rachel Lewis, Bethany Christian Services
Meets: Quarterly on a Wednesday, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm     Focus: Licensure of foster families and assessment of adoptive families. 
Key topics: Policies, regulations and legislation impacting licensure of child placing agencies and child caring institutions; best practices and strategies for successful foster family licensing. 
Works closely with: MDHHS Division of Child Welfare Licensing (DCWL).

FOSTER CARE
Member chair(s): 
    Melissa Jenovai, Spaulding for Children
    Laura Mitchell, Samaritas
Meets: Quarterly on a Wednesday, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm    Focus: Foster care programs for youth. 
Key topics: Policies, regulations and legislation impacting foster care; state child welfare initiatives; best practices and strategies for effective foster care programs, including supportive training for caseworkers and caregiver families; and appropriate contracts and reimbursement rates. 
Works closely with: MDHHS Foster Care Program Office, Performance-Based Office, Federal Compliance Division, and MiSACWIS office. 

YOUTH-TEEN ISSUES
Member chair(s): 
    Maria Madaj, Holy Cross Services 
    Jennifer Stevens, Samaritas
Meets: 
Quarterly on a Wednesday, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm    Focus: Regardless of their permanency goal, youth ages 14+ in foster care, independent living, Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care, and homeless-runaway youth programs. 
Key topics: Employment and education resources for young people who have experienced foster care and best practices for working with teenagers as they prepare to transition to successful adulthood.
Works closely with: MDHHS Education and Youth Services Unit and Homeless-Runaway Youth Unit. 

Continuing Education
Continuing Education: 
NO, credits are not being offered.
Location Information
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