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FCRB honors 2015 Child Welfare Awardees: Two of five with Federation member agencies

At a special ceremony on November 5, 2015, State Court Administrator Milton L. Mack, Jr., presented award statues as Michigan Foster Care Review Board Program Manager Jim Novell read a summary of outstanding attributes of each awardee listed below. The award ceremony was part of the Foster Care Review Board’s Annual Training Conference in Lansing. Congratulations to all!

Foster Care Worker of the Year: Diane Tryan, Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula, Escanaba, was nominated for her 12 years of outstanding work as a foster care and adoption caseworker, as well as her recent work as a foster care and adoption supervisor. She possesses a tireless work ethic with a positive energy that inspires others around her. She has an impeccable reputation among the professionals and clients she interacts with and is deemed invaluable by her agency, the children and families she has served, and the new caseworkers she has trained. She remains instrumental in addressing critical needs within her community, both as a victim’s advocacy counselor for the Diocese of Marquette and through her involvement with the Suicide Prevention Task Force in Delta County.

Gateway Community Services merges with Child & Family Charities

Child and Family Charities announced October 1, 2014, that Child and Family Charities and Gateway Community Services in Lansing have merged. Under the merger agreement, Gateway will become a division of Child and Family Charities. Gateway was established in 1970 and provides street outreach, counseling, shelter, independent living skills instruction, crisis intervention, and advocacy services to runaway and homeless youth and their families throughout Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Core programs are housed at the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home located in southwest Lansing. Gateway joins an array of divisions and services at Child and Family Charities, including foster care, adoption, independent living, child abuse prevention, parenting education, early childhood education, juvenile diversion, truancy, mental health, substance abuse, and a shelter for teen parents.

“We reached out to Child and Family Charities because of their long and successful history serving vulnerable populations in our community and the synergies this merger facilitates,” said Gateway Board President Amber Beard. “Our staff, board, and funding sources are very supportive of this development.” Beard will serve on the Child and Family Charities Board of Directors.

Youth Behind Bars: Report Exposes High Cost of Kids in Michigan's Adult Criminal Justice System

The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) has been working for over a year on a crucial report: Youth Behind Bars: Exploring the Impact of Prosecuting and Incarcerating Kids in Michigan's Criminal Justice System. The report states that from 2003 through 2013, more than 20,000 Michigan youth were placed on adult probation, detained in jail, or imprisoned for an offense committed when they were younger than 18 years old. Michigan is one of ten states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults, accounting for 95 percent of youth in the adult system. The majority of these charges were for non-violent offenses that did not include a weapon.

Take some time to read the report and find out what is happening to kids in our adult system. The report is posted below.. Click here to view all of the report materials prepared by MCCD.

News release issued: Federation expands scope through member interest networks

Key players in the Michigan Legislature and state departments of DHS and DCH each were sent a special news release this week, announcing the Federation’s launch of three new MINs to address the areas of Family Preservation, Behavioral Health, and Performance/Quality Management. The release speaks to the extensive expertise within member agencies that makes the Federation “the go-to resource for legislators and state and federal policy makers for advice and guidance as they are challenged with addressing the needs of children and families and regulating and monitoring the organizations that care for them.”

Welcome to Ruth Ellis Center and Executive Director Jerry Peterson!

The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member Application of Ruth Ellis Center, which is located in Highland Park and serves Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The agency operates three programs: Ruth’s House, a residential housing program for youth ages 12-17 who are in the foster care or juvenile justice systems; Second Stories Drop-In Center, which provides basic services and safe space for youth and young adults ages 14 to 24; and Second Stories Outpatient Mental Health Services. To learn more about the agency, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/.

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The Federation is pleased to present its Annual Report to the Membership • September 2011. Please see the attachment below.

BY ROBIN ERB DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

A Michigan judge might relax on Monday an aggressive schedule for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the state’s child welfare system.

The Michigan Foster Care Review Board would like to share with you its 2010 Annual Report:

http://courts.michigan.gov/scao//resources/publications/reports/fcrb/fcrb_ar10.pdf

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NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2010 – An extensive examination of adoptive families in the United States, released today, concludes that too many are not receiving the essential services they need, and calls for a reshaping of national priorities and resources to develop and provide such services.

KidsCountLogoNearly half of Michigan’s babies are born to mothers in cities or communities larger than 25,000. And many of those children start life without equal opportunities to thrive, arrive at school ready to learn and go on to become part of a highly educated workforce, according to “Right Start in Michigan 2010 – The Other Half.”

The report, released by the Michigan League for Human Services’ Kids Count in Michigan project, looks at eight indicators of maternal and infant health across 69 communities of populations of at least 25,000. It sorts those communities by risk, finding that two of every five births were in high-risk communities, including most racial minority births. It also found large disparities based on race and poverty.

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