Policy Press Issued to members!

This snowy winter morning is the perfect scene to drink a cup of coffee and read this week’s hot issue of the Policy Press — a publication for member agency CEOs full of state and federal policy, budget, and legislative updates. This bi-weekly publication helps keep members informed and engaged on issues that matter most to their agency’s work!

Michigan Federation Member Agency Spotlights

Karra VanderWiere, a foster care social worker at D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, has been awarded the 2017 John P. Steketee Child Welfare Advocate of the Year Award! “Karra is the perfect example of what an effective foster care worker should be. Karra’s passion, positivity, and enthusiasm shine through all of her interactions and are contagious to those around her." 

Christ Child House has again achieved expedited accreditation through the Council on Accreditation! Congratulations to Executive Director John Yablonky and the entire staff at Christ Child House!

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan has named Jennifer Santer as the agency’s new CEO, replacing interim CEO Mark Holliday. Welcome Jennifer!

NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 opportunities that are offered FREE of charge

Attached you will find the NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS, as well as DHHS employees.

The Leadership training opportunities focus on managing secondary trauma. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors. 

Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings attached as well.

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.

Please direct any questions you may have about these courses to the MSU School of Social Work or the university hosting these trainings- and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Michigan Federation for Children and Families 6th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the Michigan Federation for Children and Families 6th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Feb26ConfRegistration  

Date:    Monday, February 26, 2018

Time:    Registration 8:30 AM • Program 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Location:    The MTG Space, 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

2018 Residential Treatment Conference will feature national and state expertise in the areas of: 

  • Residential transformation efforts across the U.S.
  • Aligning residential practices with desired outcomes
  • Incorporating youth-guided family-driven principles of care
  • Working through adolescent trauma
  • Engaging and supporting families with complex challenges 

The conference will be held Monday, February 26, 2018 at The MTG Space in Lansing, MI. Presenters are: 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Present at 2018 Sr. Management Conference

The Michigan Federation for Children and Families 2018 Senior Management Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Federation’s Sr. Management Conference on September 18-21, 2018 at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI. 

The Federation’s Annual Senior Management Conference offers timely information to private child welfare leaders through engaging educational sessions presented by knowledgeable speakers. These educational programs cover an array of management topics pertinent to the nonprofit child welfare field, designed to meet the needs of the Federation’s diverse membership.

Professionals and academics are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference. This is your opportunity to share your expertise and tap your creativity by developing an original program for presentation at the conference.

The Federation Conference Planning Committee is interested in proposals representing a broad range of contemporary presentations whose delivery will empower child welfare professionals with new information and ideas that introduce attendees to innovative and creative programs that serve children and families in need. 

The 2018 theme is "Innovation: The Pathway to Performance"

Attached is the Request for Proposal. All proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2018. 

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