Welcome newest Full Member Agency Sunny Crest Youth Ranch!

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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.

REGISTER EARLY SPACE IS LIMITED

2011 Informational Trainings Education and Training Voucher (ETV) & Youth in Transition (YIT)

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Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is hosting six informational trainings across the State of Michigan. Presenters include: ETV Program Staff & YIT Departmental Analyst, Ann Rossi.

Thursday, March 10, 2011: Southfield, MI

Thursday, March 24, 2011: Kalamazoo, MI

Tuesday, April 5, 2011: Flint, MI

Wednesday, April 27, 2011: Lansing, MI

Wednesday, May 25, 2011: Grand Rapids, MI

Friday, June 3, 2011: Mackinaw City, MI

Please register on JJOLT at: http://www.michiganchildwelfaretraining.com/
Class Title: Education Planner Training - Funding Sources
Register here.

Justice Corrigan to lead the Michigan Department of Human Services

CorriganSnyderCalleyGovernor Rick Snyder held a press conference yesterday afternoon, announcing the appointment of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan as the new Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, making official what has been speculated about for the past several weeks. Justice Corrigan joins the DHS with Deputy Directors Dudley Spade and Brian Rooney and Acting Interim Director Duane Berger, already on the job. Justice Corrigan's resignation from the Michigan Supreme Court is effective January 14, and at this time no announcement has yet been made on her replacement. She will also serve as the Group Executive for the "People" Group, which includes the Departments of Human Services, Community Health and Civil Rights and Education.

It was encouraging that both Justice Corrigan and Governor Snyder spoke significantly of the Children's Rights lawsuit in their remarks, emphasizing that doing what's best for children and meeting the requirements of the lawsuit were the number one priority for DHS. Justice Corrigan went on to say: In order to help families in crisis, I will work hard to expand our partnerships (with nonprofit private agencies) and do great things in the field of child welfare…. There is no more important task than doing what is right for families.

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