At the November 8, 2017, Board of Directors meeting, members and staff expressed deep appreciation to Brian Philson, president/CEO of Highfields, Inc., for his exemplary leadership as Federation president over the last two years. Stepping into the presidency role is Debora Matthews, president/CEO of The Children’s Center, having been elected last year to serve as president-elect for a one-year term. Deb previously served as treasurer and chairs the Board’s Audit Committee. Brian remains in a leadership role on the Executive Committee as immediate past president. Also on November 8, the Board unanimously elected Maria Lessnau to serve a two-year term as secretary. Maria is executive director of Guiding Harbor in Belleville and co-chairs the Federation’s Residential Treatment MIN. Maria was honored as Federation Ambassador of the Year at the 2017 Annual Senior Management Conference held in September at Crystal Mountain Resort. Congratulations to all!
Federation Member Leader in Child Welfare:
This award is presented to a Federation member who helps to assure the Federation’s vision statement is at the forefront of all their actions: Michigan's most vulnerable children, families and individuals have access to and benefit from quality and cost-effective services supported by public and private dollars.
Federation Member Ambassador of the Year: This award is presented to a Federation member who embodies the core values of the Federation: advocacy, nonprofit status, quality services, strong families and racial diversity. These values provide focus and drive decisions for all Federation involvements transcend treatment methods and are embraced by all members.
Maria Lessnau, Executive Director of Guiding Harbor, is presented with the 2017 Federation Ambassador of the Year award for all of the manners in which she has positively promoted the work of the Federation among her colleagues and within the field of child welfare and beyond. Maria serves as a Member Interest Network (MIN) co-chair for the Residential Treatment group and serves on the Annual Residential Treatment Conference and Senior Management Conference planning committees. Maria has been influential in acting quickly to find answers and attract key speakers and sponsors for these highly rated member events. Maria has shared with colleagues in the field the ways Federation membership has been beneficial to her agency; she has encouraged others to join so they may enjoy the same benefits. The Federation staff appreciates Maria for her willingness to lend a hand with anything and her always positive and cheerful presence!
Federation Member Advocate of the Year:
This award is presented to a Federation member who has played a strong role in carrying out the mission of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families: to unite private, nonprofit human service providers, advocates, customers, individuals and funders to... influence public policy in support of children, families and individuals' reaching their full potential; identify, develop and implement efficient and effective services to Michigan's most vulnerable children and families; and support and enhance the ability of Michigan's private, nonprofit agencies to provide human services.
Attached you will find the NEW 2017-18 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS.
In addition is a catalog of training opportunities for foster, adoptive, kinship and birth parents. Please help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings.
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.