Programs on Eagle Village planned

Eagle VillageFebruary 28, 2010 by Midland Daily News

When people tour Eagle Village, in Hersey, one of the most common reactions is that they didn't realize the size and scope of services.

"Often they didn't realize that we were here at all," a spokesperson said. "We find that many misconceptions still exist. There is a perception that Eagle Village is a juvenile detention center or lock down facility. After an individual takes a tour of Eagle Village, their comments include statements like, 'I can't believe what amazing work you do here" and "we never really understood, but we do now!'"

For more than 41 years, Eagle Village has been providing abused and neglected children from all over Michigan a safe place to live, helping them build positive relationships and develop character and leadership skills.

Eagle Village would like local residents to learn more about its services for abused and neglected children. Programs featuring Eagle Village staff and recipients of Eagle Village services are planned at the Midland Country Club. Call Lisa Spaugh at (231) 832-6589 or Linda Greene at (231) 832-7253 to reserve a spot. The program schedule is:

FYI • March 5, 2010 • No. 5

FYI • March 5, 2010 • No. 5
The next FYI bulletin will be issued March 19, 2010

• Children’s Rights Lead Attorney Sara Bartosz and Associate Director Susan Lambiase hear “how it’s going” from Federation member CEOs regarding the settlement agreement—Approximately half of member provider agencies were represented at this morning’s meeting at the Federation with Children’s Rights Lead Attorney Sara Bartosz and Associate Director Susan Lambiase. The group was also joined by Rep. Dudley Spade, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on DHS, who is keenly interested in how the agreement implementation is progressing. The information exchange was extremely valuable. Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder will attend the federal court hearing next Tuesday, where the monitors will report to the judge on the state’s progress toward meeting the requirements of the consent decree. The report will be posted at; members are encouraged to read through it.

• PAFC contract amendment due date extended—As of late this afternoon, Susan Kangas, Chief Financial Officer for DHS, called and approved the Federation's request to extend the due date on the PAFC Contract Amendment until the end of the month. This is good news, as it will allow the Federation's advocacy efforts to continue on behalf of member agencies.
• Recent DHS communications—
March 1 regarding In-service Training Requirements; the need to obtain a JJOLT secure user ID and password; and designating a Training Facilitator Coordinator (TFC) if your local office does not have someone identified.
March 2 regarding Permanency Planning Conference (PPC) implementation. This includes a detailed protocol and a timeline for rollout of this requirement statewide.
March 3 regarding Medical and Dental Examination Reporting, due to DHS by April 15, 2010.


Federal Adoption Tax Credit: Info for 2009 & 2010

For background and current status of the federal Adoption Tax Credit, download the attached Adoption Advocate newsletter issued by the National Council for Adoption.

Additionally, these sites are listed for your convenience:

Girlstown Foundation providing care for 50+ years

Girlstown Foundation staffBy Austen Smith, Heritage Newspapers

When it comes to abused children, it's never easy.

There are horror stories of kids who have come from family backgrounds filled with neglect only to be shuffled through impersonal foster-care programs that do not provide the support necessary for children with behavioral problems.

There are, however, many success stories and the Girlstown Foundation, located in Belleville, has been a shining example for more than 50 years providing a comprehensive range of therapy, social work, residential and foster-care placement services for kids whom have come from terrible situations.
The longtime nonprofit organization at first featured just the residential program for troubled girls, but has blossomed to include foster care and Supervised Independent Living, with approximately 50 kids involved with those two programs alone.

With a little more than 50 employees spread throughout the residential facility, called Loch Rio, and administrative offices located on East Huron River Drive, the program provides services to hundreds of children each year. Most of the staff at Girlstown includes social workers with backgrounds in psychology and criminal justice.

Assistant Director Maria Lessnau does not have an easy job.

Starting out as a certification worker in 1995, she has experienced nearly every type of heartbreaking and exhilarating scenario that passes through Girlstown.

"The big push right now is licensing relatives. There are a lot of kids right now who are living with relatives who are not licensed as foster-care parents," Lessnau says. "The state's goal is to have only 10 percent of the parents in the home not licensed."

FYI • February 19, 2010 • No. 4

FYI • February 19, 2010 • No. 4
The next FYI bulletin will be issued March 5, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK has a fresh new look
With you in mind, the Federation’s website is undergoing big changes. The public pages went “live” this week! Work continues behind the scenes to create an organized and easy-to-use site for members.

We thank you for your patience while we continue to post the kinds of information and resources that will be at your fingertips when you need it. Stay tuned!

• Governor’s state budget proposal—On Thursday, February 11, 2010, Governor Granholm presented her proposed state budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2010-2011. The budget year begins on October 1, 2010, and concludes September 30, 2011. Going into the 2011 budget year, the State of Michigan faces a projected $1.5 billion deficit, largely as a result of declining revenue in the state. In a year where a number of cuts will be the reality across all state departments, the Department of Human Services has been appropriated a little over $7 billion dollars. This gross appropriation is an increase of over $1 billion in comparison to the FY 2009-2010 budget. The Governor’s budget invests over $509.2 million in Michigan’s child welfare system. The main highlight includes a $39 million increase in child welfare improvements exists in order to comply with the Children’s Rights settlement agreement. These funds appropriated will support additional child protective services staff, contract monitoring staff, a federally required children’s services automation program, and the extension of foster care, subsidized guardianship and adoption assistance benefits to age 20. Further budget analysis materials are available at the Federation.

FYI • February 5, 2010 • No. 3

FYI • February 5, 2010 • No. 3
The next FYI bulletin will be issued February 19, 2010

Governor’s State of the State Address—Gov. Jennifer Granholm delivered her final State of the State address Wednesday night to a joint session of the Legislature. The speech focused primarily on the state doing more to promote entrepreneurial development, in areas like alternative energy, the bio-sciences and new automotive developments, Granholm brought lawmakers of both parties to their feet, cheering. The Governor also called on the Legislature to restore the Michigan Promise Scholarship, which was cut in the 2009-10 budget. She said she would put the scholarship back in her budget, saying there would be a novel way to finance the scholarship and that it would be geared toward keeping graduates of state universities in the state. She also said she would not support any more cuts to education. In other policies and proposals, Granholm called for the creation of 10 centers in Detroit through its “No Worker Left Behind” program to help individuals in remedial education and technical training. If you’d like a copy of the entire SOS speech, email

On February 18 at 10:00 a.m., member CEOs are encouraged to join a Legislative Conference Call with lobbyists Becky Bechler and Bruce Ashley to discuss the Governor’s budget that will be released February 11. Please join us for this conversation and planning session; call-in information will be emailed.


FYI • January 22, 2010 • No. 2

FYI • January 22, 2010 • No. 2
The next FYI bulletin will be issued February 5, 2010

• January 27: BJJ Director John Evans to meet with Residential MIN—On Wednesday of this week, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Services held a joint hearing on the recent report, “Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09.” The Committee heard testimony from DHS Bureau of Juvenile Justice Director John Evans and took an interest in what the study’s findings mean for Michigan. Additionally, strategies for collecting additional data and developing areas of best practice within juvenile facilities to remedy this problem were discussed. John Evans will be a guest at the January 27 Residential Treatment MIN meeting to discuss these and other matters with members. You can find a copy of the report at; click on Reports.

• January 27: Member CEOs to convene re Public Policy—Federation Board President Gary Tester and Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder have invited member CEOs to attend a meeting at the Federation office January 27 at 1:00 PM for discussion about the current legislative atmosphere and Federation public policy priorities. If you are interested in public policy and would like to attend, RSVP to

• Revenue Estimating Conference report predicts $1.3 billion shortfall—This week, the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony from House Fiscal Agency Director Mitchell Bean regarding the findings of the recent Revenue Estimating Conference. The economic forecast predicts a $1.3 billion state budget deficit as the 2010-2011 fiscal year approaches. This figure is subject to change as the year progresses and a more accurate measurement of the state’s revenue becomes available, and it’s determined whether or not funds coming into Michigan may be affected by federal allocations.

Report: Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09 • NPREC Standards for Juvenile Facilities


U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics has just released a report titled Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09, compiled by Allen J. Beck, Ph.D., Paige M. Harrison, and Paul Guerino, BJS Statisticians.

This report presents findings from the first National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), representing approximately 26,550 adjudicated youth held nationwide in state operated and large locally or privately operated juvenile facilities. Overall, 91% of youth in these facilities were male; 9% were female. had rates between 25% and 30%; and 3 had rates between 20%
and 25%.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-79) (PREA) requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to carry out a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidents and effects of prison rape for each calendar year. This report fulfills the requirement under Sec. 4(c)(2)(B)(ii) of the Act to provide a list of juvenile correctional facilities according to the prevalence of sexual victimization.

Between June 2008 and April 2009, BJS completed the first National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC) of 166 state-owned or operated facilities and 29 locally or privately operated facilities. The survey, conducted by Westat (Rockville, MD), was restricted to juvenile confinement facilities that held adjudicated youth for at least 90 days. Facilities were excluded if fewer than 25% of the youth in the facility had been adjudicated, the facility held fewer than 10 adjudicated youth, or if the facility was locally or privately operated and held fewer than 105 youth. All state facilities holding 90 or more youth were included.

Download the report here: Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09

Elizabeth Carey joins Starr Commonwealth’s executive team

ElizabethCarey.jpgALBION, MI – Starr Commonwealth, an internationally recognized nonprofit service provider of strength-based programs for at-risk youth and families, announces the addition of Elizabeth A. Carey as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Administrative Services Officer.

In her new role, Carey will provide leadership for Starr’s strategic direction of investing in its people, as well as help shape the future of Starr’s talent management initiatives and business strategies. Carey has a comprehensive professional background that includes social work, government relations, statewide and national association leadership and operations.

She most recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Alliance for Children and Families. She directed day-to-day operations, planned and executed strategic plans, coordinated member recruitment and retention efforts, and helped determine the public policy agenda.

Carey is no stranger to the nonprofit social service sector of Michigan. Before serving in a leadership role at the Alliance for Children and Families, Carey was Executive Director of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, a statewide organization located in Lansing for nonprofit social service providers. While at the Michigan Federation, Carey directed the public policy efforts at state and national levels, organized and implemented grassroots advocacy efforts, and represented the federation membership with the legislature and state/federal departments.

FYI • January 8, 2010 • No. 1

FYI • January 8, 2010 • No. 1
The next FYI bulletin will be issued January 22, 2010

• The Children’s Center of Wayne County achieves accelerated accreditation through COA—Congratulations to CEO Debora Matthews and her outstanding staff for achieving accelerated accreditation status through the Council on Accreditation’s Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process. This means that the agency received no out-of-compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards. This is an amazing achievement!

• Holy Cross Children’s Services earns full re-accreditation through CARF—Congratulations to Executive Director Loren Brown and VP of Advocacy Gary Tester and their outstanding staff for achieving reaccreditation through CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. All of the agencies programs and sites throughout Michigan have been reaccredited for a three-year period. Hats off to Holy Cross!

• Legislature returning soon—It is our understanding that legislators will be back in Lansing on a limited basis the week of January 11. House and Senate Sessions are scheduled only for January 13 and 14, 20 and 21.
• Revenue Estimating Conference to meet January 11—Administration budget officials will meet with the Senate Fiscal Agency and House Fiscal Agency on Monday, January 11, in the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference to see if the state's finances are on track to meet budget obligations.



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