April 20: Comedy for a Cause!

Comedy “Comedy for a Cause” has rapidly grown to be one of the most exciting and entertaining comedy shows in the Midwest! The past 35 events have attracted an audience of approx. 2,500 people each, reaching almost 100,000 in attendance. It has earned a strong rapport with nationally renowned comedians, professional agencies, businesses, and public officials.

Friday, April 20, 2012
7:00 PM
Woodside Bible Church
Troy, MI

Free admission. A love offering will be taken.

“Comedy for a Cause” would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors!! They make it possible for 100% of the donations collected at the event to go directly to serving the children.

2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey open through April 20

The 2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey has been issued and is open for data entry through April 20, 2012! This year's survey has been revamped to include updated health insurance options and other fine-tuning, but the most notable change this year is in Part D - Salaries...

  • The 74 job categories are organized as 50 Exempt and 24 Non-Exempt employees.
  • The survey also asks for the number of years each employee has been in that position in your agency.

Two ways to report are offered; please use the method that works best for you:

  • The traditional hard copy, downloadable below.
  • PC-based Excel 2007 file [to request the .xlsm file be emailed to you, email rose@michfed.org]
If using Excel, it's recommended that you print a hard copy of the survey to use as a guide.
Federation members participate and receive a copy of the summary report for no charge. Non-Federation private agencies are welcome and encouraged to participate for a modest fee that helps cover the cost of data entry and report preparation. A Notice of Intent to Participate should be sent, along with payment.


Invitation to join Michigan Home Based Family Services Association

MHBFSA logoFederation Affiliate Member Michigan Home Based Family Services Association invites you to join others who are committed to quality family-centered services throughout Michigan.

New and renewing MHBFSA members benefit from three free trainings annually, discounted pricing for the MHBFSA annual conference (September 27-28, 2012), training hours and free social work CEs at each training, an e-newsletter called Practice, access to the Home Based Standards Guidelines Handbook, listing on and access to the MHBFSA website and more!

Find details about membership and benefits at www.mihomebased.com and in the attachments found below.

2012 Schedule of Training for Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families

Toward Successful Adoption: Your Child, Your Family, Your Community

This FREE training is designed for those who have adopted or who are thinking of adopting a child from the child welfare system. Three important areas will be covered:

  • Helping families cope with the ‹‹stress of transitioning children from foster care to adoption. 
  • Understanding the unique ‹‹needs of children who have been traumatized. 
  • Helpful strategies for finding ‹‹and using post adoption resources. 

Training sessions run Friday evening (6:00 PM–9:00 PM) through Saturday (9:00 AM–4:00 PM) on 12 different dates from March through September in cities across the state. Download the attached flier for the complete listing.


                                           Two New Trainings Added for 2012!

Cross Cultural Adoption: Beyond Race

  • Understand the impact of ‹‹ethnicity and culture on a child’s identity and self-esteem. 
  • Identify the tools and ‹‹tasks necessary to successfully raise a child of another race or culture.
  • May 5, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Lansing

Helping Children Make Successful Transitions in Adoption

Hand Across the Water brings Federation service provider members to 46!

Hands Across the WaterThe Michigan Federation for Children and Families' Board of Directors has unanimously approved Hands Across the Water’s full membership application. Based in Ann Arbor, HATW is COA and Hague accredited to provide adoption, foster care and education services. While the agency primarily serves Washtenaw, Wayne, Monroe, Jackson and Livingston counties, it serves families from all of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as well as numerous other states and other countries for international services.

Welcome to Kathleen Nelson, founder and executive director of Hands Across the Water!

To learn more about HATW, visit www.hatw.org.

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