Welcome newest Affiliate Member: Fostering Forward Michigan

The Federation Board has voted to approve the Affiliate Member application of Fostering Forward Michigan (FFM), led by President Lara Bouse. The all-volunteer organization is dedicated to the equal and accurate sharing of important information that can impact the quality of life for foster families and families who have adopted through foster care. FFM has published a number of parent-to-parent tutorials on important topics and strives to disseminate information from other resources and organizations so it is readily available to all families within our communities. https://www.fosteringforwardmi.org 

Nominations Open for 2018 Child Welfare Awards

The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Child Welfare Awards, which are given every year in the fall to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to Michigan’s foster children.

“The awards program provides a forum for recognition of the excellent work that is performed by child welfare professionals who work diligently to overcome systemic barriers and go above and beyond policy, court rule, and statutory standards to help ensure the safety, well-being, and timely permanency for children and families served by our foster care system,” said FCRB Program Manager James Novell.

One nominee from each of the following categories will be recognized, and nomination criteria can be found in each of the links:

2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog: FREE to private agencies

The MSU School of Social Work is excited to announce upcoming Child Welfare webinars and Child Welfare in-person programs!
For all program details and to register, visithttp://socialwork.msu.edu/ceu/catalog.php - search course number or title. 

5/31/2018: #605-18 Leadership: Supervisory Toolkit for Managing Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress
Location: Livonia

7/26/2018: #609-18 Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Opiod Dependent and Pain Management
Location: Traverse City

7/26/2018: #610-18 Understanding Trauma in Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth
Location: Traverse City

8/11/2018: #606-18 Caregiver: The Real Work of Creating Familie sfor Adolescent Boys with Trauma Histories and Criminal Justice Involvement
Location: Grand Rapids

Michigan Federation Member Agency Spotlights

Spaulding for Children has received a five-year $9 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families—Spaulding for Children—in partnership with the ChildTrauma Academy, The Center for Adoption Support and Education, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the National Council for Adoption and the University of Washington—will develop a state-of-the-art national training program that prepares and provides ongoing development for foster and adoptive families so that they have the skills and tools needed to effectively parent children who have been exposed to trauma. This innovative training program will use technology to promote interactional learning and assess mastery of competencies, provide ongoing training accessible through an app or web-based platform to continue their skill building, and allow flexibility so that participants can guide their own learning.

2018 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey open for data entry in February

On or about January 31, 2018, the Michigan Federation for Children and Families will open its 2018 Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey for data entry. The summary report developed from this biennial survey is extremely valuable and is the only one of its kind in scope of detail and specific to the private nonprofit human services field in Michigan

Participation by Federation member agencies is included as a member benefit at no extra charge. Member CEOs and/or HR directors will receive the survey as soon as it is issued. 

Private nonprofit human service agencies not currently members of the Federation are invited to participate. Please use the link below to indicate your intent to participate in the data collection and to receive a copy of the 2018 report ($150), to purchase a copy of the 2018 report without participating ($200), and/or to purchase a copy of the 2016 report ($150).



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