Maria Lessnau, Executive Director of Guiding Harbor - Federation Member Ambassador of the Year!

Federation Member Ambassador of the Year: This award is presented to a Federation member who embodies the core values of the Federation: advocacy, nonprofit status, quality services, strong families and racial diversity. These values provide focus and drive decisions for all Federation involvements transcend treatment methods and are embraced by all members.

Maria Lessnau, Executive Director of Guiding Harbor, is presented with the 2017 Federation Ambassador of the Year award for all of the manners in which she has positively promoted the work of the Federation among her colleagues and within the field of child welfare and beyond. Maria serves as a Member Interest Network (MIN) co-chair for the Residential Treatment group and serves on the Annual Residential Treatment Conference and Senior Management Conference planning committees. Maria has been influential in acting quickly to find answers and attract key speakers and sponsors for these highly rated member events. Maria has shared with colleagues in the field the ways Federation membership has been beneficial to her agency; she has encouraged others to join so they may enjoy the same benefits. The Federation staff appreciates Maria for her willingness to lend a hand with anything and her always positive and cheerful presence!

Richard Watkins, Jr., Executive Director of New Light Child and Family Institute - Federation Member Advocate of the Year!

Federation Member Advocate of the Year:

This award is presented to a Federation member who has played a strong role in carrying out the mission of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families: to unite private, nonprofit human service providers, advocates, customers, individuals and funders to... influence public policy in support of children, families and individuals' reaching their full potential; identify, develop and implement efficient and effective services to Michigan's most vulnerable children and families; and support and enhance the ability of Michigan's private, nonprofit agencies to provide human services.

NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies

Attached you will find the NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS. 

In addition is a catalog of training opportunities for foster, adoptive, kinship and birth parents. Please help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings.

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.

 

Welcome newest Federation member Covenant House Michigan!

The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member application of Covenant House Michigan submitted by their Executive Director Gerald Piro. Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization located in Detroit that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. They provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Their goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood. CHM has come to be known by Detroit area young people as a place they can go to build a better future and be treated with respect and unconditional love. Over 60,000 youths have been served by CHM since its inception in September, 1997. Visit them on the web at: https://covenanthousemi.org Welcome Gerald and staff! 

Welcome newest Federation member West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC)

Welcome newest Federation member West Michigan Partnership for Children—The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member application of West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) submitted by their CEO Kristyn Peck. WMPC is the consortium model pilot for performance based contracting in Kent County. This performance-based child welfare system seeks to further improve safety, quality and consistency of services and outcomes for children and families throughout the state. The Kent County child welfare service providers (Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services, form the West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC), which will contract directly with MDHHS and with the individual service providers. Welcome Kristyn and staff! 

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