April-June: Wedgwood Institute Lifelong Learning workshops

Find full details of Wedgwood Institute’s spring schedule of workshops in the attached brochure. Sessions for spring include:
➢ April 12: Children and Teens with ADHD
➢ April 19: Conflict Resolution
➢ April 26 and June 24: Becoming Trauma Sensitive
➢ May 10: Treating Terrified Children
➢ May 17: Cultural Competence
➢ June 14: Human Trafficking Seminar

Governor Snyder reappoints Verlie Ruffin as Children's Ombudsman

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has decided to retain the children's ombudsman appointed by his Democratic predecessor.

Snyder's office announced Wednesday that he has reappointed Verlie Ruffin of Detroit to the job. Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Ruffin in 2006. She was confirmed unanimously that year by the GOP-controlled state Senate.

Ruffin previously was associate director of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families for 20 years. She also taught in the Detroit Public Schools. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University.

The Office of the Children's Ombudsman is an independent government agency that works to assure the safety and welfare of Michigan children involved in foster care, adoption or protective services.

The office investigates complaints and recommends improvements to laws and policy affecting children.

Welcome newest Full Member Agency Sunny Crest Youth Ranch!


We are pleased to announce Sunny Crest Youth Ranch as the newest member of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families. Sunny Crest Youth Ranch is a vision of lifelong educators Ron and Ellyn Coppess, and a cadre of caring Ranch partners willing to commit to mentoring some of the most vulnerable in our communities. At full capacity, Sunny Crest Youth Ranch provides a loving, nurturing and secure environment for as many as 48 children who deserve a new start. Sunny Crest offers every rancher a safe place to learn from mistakes without fear of rejection and to practice the skills necessary to become a successful adult. Sunny Crest is designed to be a working ranch operation that offers at-risk boys the experiences and activities any child must have to develop in mind and spirit. Educational programs, mentoring, and skilled adult intervention coupled with cutting edge methods create the Sunny Crest environment – a safe place to explore the opportunities young men need to meet the challenges life has presented them.

For more information, check out their website: www.sunnycrestyouthranch.org

May-June-July: Building a Home with Heart Couples Retreats

Three weekend training retreats are scheduled for the purpose of strengthening healthy marriage and couple relationships, designed for Adoptive, Kinship and Fostering parents, and sponsored by Michigan State University and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.

Each retreat will include information about:

  • the unique challenges and opportunities for a couple raising children from foster care;
  • ways for couples to strengthen their friendship and communication;
  • ideas to manage the inevitable day-to-day decisions and conflicts; and
  • tips for couples to strengthen family bonds and loyalty.

This training will be offered in three retreats in the Lansing area—one each in May, June and July, each beginning Friday evening at 6:00 PM, running through Sunday at noon. It will be necessary to attend the entire weekend to complete the program and earn 12 hours of training. This training is free to couples who sign up and commit to attending for the entire weekend. Lodging will be provided free of charge to registered couples (child care will not be provided). Find the registration information on the attachment posted below. The May session is filling up quickly.



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