Rapping Dad Derek Clark to provide opening keynote for June 21-22, 2017 Michigan Teen Conference • Registration is open • Sponsorships available

Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child, he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age 5. His 13 years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled. Eventually, with the help of foster parents, a fantastic social worker and mentors, he defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. Derek knows first-hand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to.

Derek is an inspiring motivational speaker/trainer and the author of six books, including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.

May 19: Self-care: FREE 6th Annual Foster-Adoptive Conference at Ferris State University • Register now!

Event Date: 
05/19/2017 - 8:30am to 3:45pm

Attention private agencies: The Lake-Mecosta-Missaukee-Newaygo-Osceola-Wexford area (LMNOW Coalition—comprising Eagle Village, Holy Cross Children’s Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, Bethany Christian Services, PARC & DHHS) will host a FREE 6-hour training experience at Ferris State University on Friday, May 19.

The theme is "self-care."

Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services!

Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services—The Federation Board has voted to approve the Full Member application of Family and Community Services, Inc. submitted by Brandon Hannah, director of the agency’s DHHS programs. With a main office located in Sterling Heights and branch offices in Howell and Monroe, the agency serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson and Monroe counties. The agency also serves Ohio, China and the Philippines. The agency is COA accredited and provides adoption, family services and foster care. Learn more about the agency at http://www.facadopt.org. Welcome, Brandon Hannah and staff!

Lt. Gov. Calley to provide Opening Remarks. Keynote Speaker: Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski • February 27, 2017 Annual Residential Treatment Conference • Late registrants must email jenny@michfed.org

Full program details are set for the Federation’s 5th Annual 2017 Residential Treatment Conference, “Residential Treatment: Minimizing Risks, Maximizing Opportunities,” on Monday, February 27, 2017. Download the brochure posted below!

We are very pleased to announce that Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has accepted our invitation to provide the Opening Remarks for this event!

The keynote speaker will be Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, a former Metro Detroit felony prosecutor with a perfect trial record involving mostly violent crimes. Judge Switalski has witnessed firsthand the devastating effects surrounding interpersonal violence, substance abuse and dependency within families, children and communities. 

Read more about Lt. Governor Calley, Judge Switalski and our other amazing and expert presenters in the downloadable conference brochure posted below.

Note the new location for this event: Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, downtown Lansing.

ONLINE registration is closed; email jenny@michfed.org if you require a late registration!

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