State Court Administrative Office’s Foster Care Review Board for is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Child Welfare Awards

State Court Administrative Office’s Foster Care Review Board for is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Child Welfare Awards

Each year the Foster Care Review Board 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.

The annual awards are presented to those on the “front lines” who have displayed a commitment to excellence and integrity in serving the needs of our states most vulnerable children and families. One nominee from each of the following categories – jurist (judge or referee), foster care caseworker, lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL), foster parent(s), and parent attorney – will be recognized for their exemplary service to abused or neglected children in the Michigan foster care system. All other nominees will receive a congratulatory letter from the Foster Care Review Board, informing them of their nomination and thanking them for their service.

Finalists are chosen by a panel of Foster Care Review Board members and award winners are chosen by a panel of child welfare professionals and advocates, including award winners from the past year. Award recipients are recognized at the FCRB annual training conference in early November.

2016 Child Welfare Caregiver Training

In an exciting new venture with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the MSU School of Social Work is pleased to present five opportunities for training specific to all caregivers engaged with the Michigan child welfare system (see attached for dates and topics).

If you are a birth parent, foster parent, adoptive parent, or kinship/relative parent, these FREE trainings are customized to help support your needs in raising the children in your home, understanding some of the unique and sometimes challenging needs that children and their families often face in the child welfare system.

Following licensure, caregivers are required to earn 6 hours of training annually. These trainings can count toward those hours.

How to register for trainings:
In-person training: Visit Under Topics of Interest, click “Child Welfare In-Service Trainings” to register for the course you want to attend. If you do not already have an online account with the MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, you will be asked to create one.

Webinar training: Visit Under Topics of Interest, click “Webinars” or search course number.

Schuette Issues 2015 Human Trafficking Commission Report

Report outlines important work of Human Trafficking Commission, highlights next steps in stopping modern day slavery

LANSING ­– Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released the 2015 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Annual Report to the governor and legislature, highlighting the important work the commission has accomplished and setting the stage to continue the fight against this form of modern slavery.

“Human trafficking has been one of my top priorities since taking office. The challenging nature of these cases require a focus on the victims and the desperate circumstances they find themselves in,” said Schuette. “And my office has worked closely with law enforcement across the State of Michigan to prosecute traffickers in our state and put an end to their trade.”

Over the last year, the Human Trafficking Commission worked on the following:

National expert Dr. Larry Epstein to present at residential treatment conference in Lansing

February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder • office (517) 485-8552 • cell (734) 476-3845

Lansing, MI—Themed “Creating Normalcy for Youth in Residential Settings,” the 4th annual residential treatment conference hosted by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families will take place February 29, 2016, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus.

Over 200 attendees from across the state will include residential treatment program youth and family specialists, mental health and behavioral health clinicians, juvenile detention therapists, supervisors, program directors, administrators, CEOs, and key leaders from the private agency sector, county juvenile centers, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The conference will feature national expert Dr. Larry Epstein, director of training and implementation at Think:Kids, a program of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching Collaborative Problem Solving, a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Welcome to newest Federation Full Member: Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo

The Federation is pleased to announce Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo has been approved by the Board of Directors as a Full Member of the Federation. Led by President/CEO Timothy Lieser, the COA-accredited agency provides Community-based services, emergency shelter, family services and volunteer program through its offices in Kalamazoo and Otsego, serving Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and VanBuren counties. Learn more about the agency at Welcome, Timothy and staff! 


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