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!