As you may know, September is Workforce Development Month. Below you will see a number of ways that you can join NCWWI in celebrating the child welfare workforce during September and throughout the year. Please pay special attention to the information about the live event on September 20, One Heart Can Make a Difference: Impacting Lives through Dynamic Service Excellence. This is a great opportunity to bring together a group of staff, faculty, students, or graduates for an informative, inspirational, and purpose-driven presentation.
Attached you will find the NEW 2018-19 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS, as well as DHHS employees.
The Leadership training opportunities focus on staff engagement and retention. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors.
Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the Caregiver training opportunities—accessible by webinar.
All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.
Please direct any questions you may have about these courses to the MSU School of Social Work or the university hosting these trainings. Remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!
Welcome to newest Federation member: Fostering Solutions—The Federation Board of Directors has unanimously approved the Full Member Application of Fostering Solutions, based in Adrian and led by Chief Administrator Jacquelyn Marry. The agency serves Lenawee, Jackson, Monroe, Hillsdale and Branch counties, providing adoption, community-based services, foster care, and domestic violence-specific education and treatment services. Please join us in welcoming Jacque and the Fostering Solutions team to the Federation, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minority Professional Leadership Development: FREE opportunity!—Spaulding for Children is a sub-awardee on a federal grant (AdoptUSKids) and responsible for the implementation of the Minority Professional Leadership Development program, an 8-month program designed to enhance the leadership skills of emerging minority leaders in the field of adoption across the nation and hopefully, address the over representation of minority families in the child welfare system. The new Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program at AdoptUSKids is accepting applications from candidates now through September 3. This eight-month fellowship is designed for emerging leaders working in child welfare. It includes hands-on experience, exposure to national experts, and mentorship opportunities. It will begin with a 3-day kick-off celebration in the Washington, DC, area in January 2019. To learn more about the MPLD program and to get an application, go to http://adoptuskids.org/mpld.
If your organization is interested in improving its practices and staff skills toward becoming a family-driven organization and engaging families, it is recommended that your organization send teams of leaders to the August 8 training, as well as participate in each of the three webinars. The webinars move from foundational to advanced family engagement strategies, and each of these events will feature faculty from different residential programs across the country who have extensive experience in moving their organizations to becoming family-driven and engaging families with complex challenges.