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Karra VanderWiere, a foster care social worker at D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, has been awarded the 2017 John P. Steketee Child Welfare Advocate of the Year Award! “Karra is the perfect example of what an effective foster care worker should be. Karra’s passion, positivity, and enthusiasm shine through all of her interactions and are contagious to those around her." 

Christ Child House has again achieved expedited accreditation through the Council on Accreditation! Congratulations to Executive Director John Yablonky and the entire staff at Christ Child House!

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan has named Jennifer Santer as the agency’s new CEO, replacing interim CEO Mark Holliday. Welcome Jennifer!

NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 opportunities that are offered FREE of charge

Attached you will find the NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 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 managing secondary trauma. 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 NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings attached as well.

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- and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

Chuck Jackson new President of Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC)

DETROIT, MI – May 26, 2017 - Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC) is pleased to announce William “Chuck” Jackson as its new President effective May 31, 2017. He will succeed Patrick Heron who retired May 5, 2017. “CSSWC’s Board of Directors thanks Patrick Heron for his years of service and we look forward to working with Chuck and we are excited about the organization’s future,” said Brenda Motley-Aikens, Chair of CSSWC’s Board of Directors. “Chuck’s proven track record of executive leadership coupled with his ability to lead by setting clear priorities and achievable goals will help guide CSSWC on a path to achieve our goal of delivering excellent services to the residents of Southeastern Michigan.”

2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 

What is it like to be a kid growing up in Michigan right now? Yesterday The Michigan League for Public Policy released the 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to find out.

The book examines 15 indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state. While there have been improvements in several areas since 2008/2009, Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom half of states in the national KIDS COUNT rankings and there are significant disparities in outcomes by race, ethnicity, place and income.

Child poverty continues to be a major problem facing Michigan kids. More than 1 in 5 (22%) Michigan children lived in poverty in 2015, a 15% rate increase since 2008. Poverty rates are significantly worse for kids of color, with 47% of African-American kids and 30% of Latino kids living in poverty compared to 15% for White kids in 2015. Nearly 28% of children in rural counties live in poverty, 24% in midsize counties and 22% in urban counties, although poverty increased at the highest rate for urban areas.

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What is it like to be a kid growing up in Michigan right now?

Attached please find a copy of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force report issued by Chair Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. This report details the Task Force’s findings and recommendations for action. A Subcommittee summary is also attached.

 

2016 Annual Report to the Membership—As you know, the Federation is in the forefront of advocacy and action on behalf of vulnerable children and families in Michigan. Not only is our input and feedback sought out by the state’s leadership, it is well respected and acted upon. Find a summary of the past year’s highlights in our 2016 Annual Report to the Membership, attached below.

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