To Restore Economic Health, Congress Must Put Children First
November 20, 2008, 12:00 a.m.
By Colin L. Powell
Special to Roll Call
When the 111th Congress convenes in January, it will be faced with the most challenging agenda in recent history. Members of Congress will confront record budget deficits, pressing domestic and international issues, and follow-up to the financial rescue and stimulus packages. These challenges have shaken our country to its core and caused our leaders to sail into uncharted territory.
Congressâ€™ first priority will be revitalizing the economy. Thatâ€™s as it should be. The signs are unambiguous that our nation is in recession, just as our national debt is now well over $10 trillion and the current fiscal year threatens to add as much as $1 trillion more in red ink. But revitalizing our economy requires making sound investments. And our children are the most sound investment of all.
The Mental Health - Juvenile Justice Screening, Assessment & Diversion Project will present Mental Health - School Collaboration on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at East Lansing Hannah Community Center, East Lansing, MI.
Gary Anderson remembers those middle-of-the-night runs to the emergency room, trips to the police station, and breaking families apart to keep children safe -- experiences he called "rewarding, meaningful and horrifying."
Now, the former child protective services caseworker is part of t
The Michigan Department of Human Services, the Governor's Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity and the Michigan Community Action Agency Association have formed the Voice for Action Network, which is sponsoring the 2008 Poverty Summit.
Jim Paparella: Settlement spells hope for Michigan's kids in need
Long-overdue reforms coming for state care
October 16, 2008 â€¢ From Lansing State Journal
Optimism for a vastly improved child welfare system in Michigan is at an all-time high. Oddly enough, it's due to a lawsuit. In 2006, the national advocacy group Children's Rights filed suit on behalf of the approximately 19,000 abused and neglected children in the custody of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).
By Courtney Bowerman â€¢ Capital News Service
LANSING â€” Settlement of a landmark childrenâ€™s rights lawsuit is expected to bring significant improvements to Michiganâ€™s foster care system, especially with reduced caseloads for social workers, experts say.
Under the settlement, about 200 specialists will be hired to handle the cases of 6,000 children in foster care, reducing the number of cases for current workers.
â€œItâ€™s a very positive endeavor for the state,â€ said Janet Snyder, director of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families.
By LISA PERKINS
TRAVERSE CITY -- While the names and faces of those in need have changed during the past 70 years, the mission of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan has remained the same.
Strengthening and nurturing children and families by ensuring their safety and well-being was the goal of Dr. Mark Osterlin who, in the 1930s, began searching for safe havens for mistreated and ailing children he encountered during his career as a Traverse City pediatrician.
"Dr. Osterlin realized how many kids were in abusive or neglectful situations and found a way to help them," said Gina Aranki, marketing and public relations director of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan.
Osterlin turned to the Michigan Children's Aid Society, encouraging the organization to open an office in Traverse City where rural children were able to receive needed medical attention and battered or neglected children found temporary placement in boarding homes and with adoptive families.
More than seven decades later, the private nonprofit organization now known as Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, provides human and social service programs to a 13 county region in northwest Michigan.
"At any given time we have about 180 children in our foster care system, providing care for more than 400 each year," said Jim Scherrer, executive director of the organization that also places an average of 50-60 special needs children and eight infants into adoptive homes each year.
Three categories of membership permit virtually everyone to join the Federation:
Full Membership (click here for application) is open to private nonprofit child and family service agencies, statewide or regional agencies responsible for coordination of services of private nonprofit child and family service agencies and agencies operated as subdivisions or branches of a national, regional, or statewide administered child and family service agency in Michigan.
Affiliate Membership (click here for application) is open to statewide, regional and local private nonprofit associations and organizations that are organized to promote public and private nonprofit policies and services that benefit children and families.
Individual Membership (click here for application) is open to individuals who support public and private nonprofit policies and services that benefit children and families.
All members must subscribe to the purposes of the Federation as defined in Article II of the Articles of incorporation and requirements set forth in the Bylaws, Membership Standards and Dues Policies - all of which are found in the Membership Guide downloadable below.
This special two-day conference titled Impact, Treatment & Interventions for Abused & Neglected Children & Youth, will feature Dr. Bruce Perry and a dozen additional experts in the field of child trauma. It will be held at Lansing Community College's new, state-of-the-art West Campus. Watch your email and www.michfed.org for details this fall. Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours will be offered through the Michigan Federation for Children and Families.
INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT FORUM: COMPLETING THE CIRCLE -- PROTECTING INDIAN CHILDREN & PRESERVING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY
October 6-7, 2008 â€¢ Soaring Eagle Inn â€¢ Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
This two-day Indian Child Welfare Act forum, â€œCompleting the Circle â€“ Protecting Indian Children and Preserving Tribal Sovereignty,â€ will feature national and state experts on ICWA compliance and why the ICWA remains critically important today.
In addition to the plenary sessions and principal speakers, the conference will feature discussions by panelists from several professions: tribal and state judges; tribal and state prosecutors/attorneys; and tribal, state, and private agency caseworkers.
The Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents is soliciting proposals for workshops at its spring training conference. If you or someone you know would like to apply, please download the proposal form or email MAFAK Executive Director Alma Schmidt. The conference is scheduled for May 1-3, 2009 at the Holiday Inn South, Lansing, MI. MAFAK workshop proposal form
The soon-to-be federal court-sanctioned settlement agreement (October 2008) brings focus to a historic moment in the State of Michigan when a slow means of child welfare change is simply no longer acceptable and where public and private sectors must work together aggressively in order to meet the demands of the agreement.
The State Bar of Michigan - Committee on Justice Initiatives Pro Bono Initiative and Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. are pleased to present: "Incarceration or Graduation? Explore Alternatives to the "School-to-Prison Pipeline"
The event will occur on September 18, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. Ronald K. Lospennato, Director, Southern Poverty Law Center's School to Prison Reform Project in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the featured guest.
FAMILY PRESERVATION/FC PROGRAM MANAGER - Northern Michigan & Gaylord
Provide supervision and professional leadership to a team of supervisors and direct care workers/support staff so the functioning of the assigned program unit(s) can be accomplished.Â Serve as administrative assistant to the Regional Director in various administrative responsibilities of the region and units.
Attached below is the 4th quarter trainings Wedgwood Christian Services is offering. Download the brochure for more information on these and many more trainings offered:
October 15: THE FACE OF GOD IN THE FACE OF GRIEF (basic)â€”Kids grieve differently than adults. At-risk and troubled youth grieve many different losses at the same time.