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Nominations open through September 15 for 2011 Child Welfare Awards

On an annual basis, the Michigan statewide Foster Care Review Board recognizes one jurist (judge or referee), one foster care case worker, one lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL), a single foster parent or foster parent couple, and one parent attorney for exemplary service to abused or neglected children in the Michigan foster care system. Nominations for the 2011 Child Welfare Awards are now available. Click the category to make the nomination; you may have to press and hold the CTRL key while making your selection:

Jurist of the Year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Foster Care Worker of the Year: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

LGAL of the Year: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Foster Parent of the Year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Parent Attorney of the Year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Deadline for submission is September 15, 2011. Recipients of all awards will be recognized at the FCRB Annual Training Conference on November 10, 2011, in Southfield, MI.

FYI • May 27, 2011 • No. 11

Greetings, Federation members.

Attached is this week's bulletin: FYI • May 27, 2011 • No. 11
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 10, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• Public-Private Partnership Strategic Planning to benefit Michigan—Five agency executives from the private provider sector and five administrators from the Michigan Department of Human Services attended a special, two-day, intensive strategic planning session in Ohio this week, funded by the Children’s Bureau. The Michigan Federation for Children and Families, on behalf of Michigan's private providers and the Michigan Department of Human Services, had submitted the proposal for Michigan’s involvement to the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services. Chosen as one of five states from 20 applicants, Michigan will benefit from the in-depth technical assistance around building and maintaining a strong public/private partnership of child welfare leaders. Other states represented were: NE, NC, TX and WA. Attendees of the Sept. 14-16 Senior Management Conference will hear more about these strategic planning efforts!

FYI • May 13, 2011 • No. 10

Greetings, Federation members.

Attached is this week's bulletin: FYI • May 13, 2011 • No. 10
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 27, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• HR Spring Tune-Up another success!—Thirty-plus private agency staff took advantage of the expertise offered at this year’s Federation-sponsored annual HR Spring Tune-Up training in Lansing. Topics covered national health care reform and what you need to know now/next; creating a customer service culture and program; and steps to take if you’ve been sued, starting with “don’t panic!” Many thanks to Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency for putting this program together on behalf of the Federation’s HR MIN. Handouts from the training have been emailed to HR MIN members. Attendees are already looking forward to next year’s training!

• Adoption contract negotiations resume—The group of private agency representatives, which met previously with DHS officials both last summer and in February, meets on Monday with DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade at the Federation office to work on the new adoption contract for October 1, 2011.

FYI • April 29, 2011 • No. 9

FYI • April 29, 2011 • No. 9
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 13, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

• DHS contract negotiations to resume—The Federation is pleased to report that contract negotiations will resume shortly, with DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade taking the lead for the department and the Federation facilitating. Dates are being established now for two groups of private agencies that had met last year—adoption and residential treatment—to reconvene.

• May 10: HR Spring Tune-Up—Still time to register for the HR training day by calling the Federation office, 517.485.8552. Cost for Federation agencies is just $35 per person; parking is free; what you will learn…priceless!

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• MCI legislation moving through legislative process—The package of bills to amend the Michigan Adoption Code to permit the designee of an authorized representative of the Department of Human Services to consent to the adoption or guardianship of a child have been passed out of the respective House and Senate Families, Children, and Seniors Subcommittees. The bills would allow for adoptions that are not contested to be signed off on by a Department designee. The bills will now be taken up for discussion and vote on the House and Senate floors. Director Corrigan testified in strong support of these bills, and believes they would allow decision making to be brought back to the local level through the approval of adoptions by an MCI designee. Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly also testified in support of the bills and assisted in drafting the legislation. Justice Kelly noted that the courts are a partner with the Department and private agencies, but this legislation is critical to speeding up the adoption process.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

FYI • April 15, 2011 • No. 8

FYI • April 15, 2011 • No. 8
The next FYI bulletin will be issued April 29, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

• June 8 set for Meet & Greet with DHS Top Administration—Federation member representatives and CEOs will welcome Director Corrigan and several of her top administrators on June 8 at 12:30 PM in the Federation office for a Meet & Greet during our June Board meeting. Joining us along with Director Corrigan are expected to be Chief Deputy Duane Berger, Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Acting Deputy Director for Children's Services Administration Steve Yager. More information will follow closer to the date.

• Federation leadership met with DHS Director Corrigan—Federation Board President Gary Tester, Bruce Ashley of Federation lobby firm Public Affairs Associates, and Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder, on behalf of all Federation members, met April 7 with DHS Director Maura Corrigan and Deputy Director Dudley Spade. The purpose of the meeting was to share with Director Corrigan the priority interests and efforts of the Federation. Gary, Bruce and Janet were encouraged by the initiative of and tone from Director Corrigan and Deputy Director Spade. Director Corrigan is focused on meeting all the requirements of the consent decree and coming out from under federal oversight within the next four years. She has clearly shown a quick start in addressing a number of priority issues as well as the expertise and strength to continue this stride, with a strong team around her. Updates on several key areas are provided in the Legislative and Executive/Administrative Activities sections below.

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This report was prepared in response to a request from Page Walley, Casey Family Programs Managing Director for Strategic Consulting, for an analysis of the privatization efforts of Kansas and Florida. Kansas and Florida were chosen because they are the only two states that have privatized all child welfare services – other than investigations – statewide.

For background and current status of the federal Adoption Tax Credit, download the attached Adoption Advocate newsletter issued by the National Council for Adoption.

Additionally, these sites are listed for your convenience:

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics has just released a report titled Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09, compiled by Allen J. Beck, Ph.D., Paige M. Harrison, and Paul Guerino, BJS Statisticians.

yellowbook.pngA resource for anyone involved in child protection proceedings, this comprehensive manual walks the reader through every stage from preliminary hearing to post-termination review.

Each chapter includes:
• The purpose of that stage
• Key questions to consider
• A checklist of roles and responsibilities

Excerpts of pertinent state and federal law are included along with an appendix of State Court Administrative Office forms.

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