FYI • July 9, 2010 • No. 14

FYI • July 9, 2010 • No. 14
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 23, 2010

• Legislature on recess—Michigan legislators are on break, expected to return to Lansing on July 21.
• State budget update—Governor Granholm signed the K-12 budget into effect this week, giving schools the financial information they need for state aid as they plan their upcoming school year. The Governor exercised her line item veto by eliminating special funding to school programs in Pontiac and Saginaw. She also cut partial restoration of funds to high wealth districts under the so-called 20j spending plans. Appropriations Committee conferees continued their work on sorting out the differences between the separate House and Senate approved budgets that need to be reconciled. Administration and legislative hopes were dashed of having all budgets completed by July 1, well in advance of the start of the state’s fiscal year on October 1. Leaders hope that some of the budgets can be finalized for votes on July 21 and July 28, the only two scheduled session days this month.

• DHS communications posted at—The items listed below can be found within; log in with your user name and password and go to “DHS Communications” in the righthand column. Need a Federation user name and password? Contact Here is a list of items issued since the last FYI:
➢ June 28: Billing Instructions for Juvenile Guardianship Administrative Rate
➢ June 30: Mother/Baby Residential Programs
➢ June 30: New Fingerprinting Process for Child Welfare Foster and Adoptive Applicants
➢ July 7: Transition of Foster Care Children into Medicaid Health Plans
➢ July 8: Permanency Planning Conference (PPC) Data Entry and Training
➢ July 8: Case Load Count Letter


FYI • June 25, 2010 • No. 13

FYI • June 25, 2010 • No. 13
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 9, 2010

teenconference.png150 youth and adults "Took Charge of Their Journey!" at the Michigan Teen Conference —Congratulations to the amazing Teen Conference Planning Committee chaired by Laura Mitchell of conference fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. The conference featured foster care alumni Cherish Thomas and Danita Echols as the Keynote Speakers, both with a message for the youth surrounding the theme of the conference, "Take Charge of Your Journey." Several vendors and community partners provided workshops geared towards independent living skills and planning for a successful future. The Walk through Life activity allowed youth the opportunity to interact with community resources and businesses and practice some of the life skills they learned about at the conference. Thank you to all of the agencies who participated and to all of the youth who made it worthwhile! We are already looking forward to and anticipating next year's event!

• DHS Budget bill—The next step for the FY 2011 DHS Budget is conference committee, with no firm date set for finalization.


FYI • June 11, 2010 • No. 12

FYI • June 11, 2010 • No. 12
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 25, 2010

June 22-23, 2010 • MiTeen Conference "Take Charge of Your Journey!"
Contact conference coordinator and fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of MI
TODAY if you need to firm up registrations for this conference:
Reach Diana Ripley at or (800) 765-0541.

DHS key administrators to attend June 16 and July 21 MIN meetings. Read details within the FYI.
June 16:
• ADOPTION: Karen Iverson, Adoption Subsidy Office
• Joint LICENSING & FOSTER CARE: Jim Gale, Janice Tribble, Deb Buchanan, Christine Rehagen, Fran Cook
July 21:

Vistas Nuevas Head Start Celebrates Culture in the Community

matrix.jpgVistas Nuevas Head Start, a program of Matrix Human Services will host its’ annual Celebrations of Culture Parade on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10am. More than 1400 head start children will march from Holy Redeemer Church to Clark Park in celebration of the various cultures in the Detroit community.

The Celebrations of Culture Parade will represent several countries around globe in support the diversity that is among all of us each and every day. Those countries include: Spain, Trinidad and Tabago, Hawaii, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Native American, Lebanon, Brazil, France, Portugal.

Vistas Nuevas Head Start is the largest head start program in the city of Detroit. Vistas’ has more than 1400 children annually, teaches in 3 languages (English, Spanish and Arabic) and operates 13 locations all located in Detroit’s Southwest community.

“This annual event highlights the multi-cultural community we live and serve in everyday. It is important for our children to know, celebrate and embrace the differences within all of us.” – states Debra Spring, Vice President of Education and Director of Vistas Nuevas

FYI • May 26, 2010 • No. 11

FYI • May 26, 2010 • No. 11
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 11, 2010


Federation Member Day at the Capitol drew 80+ members
On May 20, over 80 Federation member Executive Directors, Agency Staff, Member Agency Board Members, and Youth spent time with our legislative champions and leaders, and legislators who are expected to rise into new leadership positions following this election year. We were very pleased to have Foster Care Alum Cherish Thomas speak with us about her experiences growing up in the foster care system and her hope that her experiences can help to shape the future experiences of others. Cherish’s perspective helped to remind our group of the reasons we do the work we do. Cherish also served as a role model for the youth present from Starr Commonwealth and Holy Cross Children’s Services, as she has proved youth growing up in the foster care system can have outcomes they may never have dreamed of.

Register now for Sept. 15–17, 2010 Senior Management Conference!
We are in the process of lining up an outstanding group of presenters—each with an expertise and role critical to providing quality services to Michigan's vulnerable children and families. We are very excited about the wealth of information you will gain when you join us at Crystal Mountain!

You will leave the conference even better informed, inspired and invigorated. If you act on this early chance to register, you will insure your seat at the conference at the best possible price. Find the schedule and registration information at; click on “annual conference.”



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