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FYI • June 24, 2011 • No. 13

FYI • June 24, 2011 • No. 13
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 8, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Michigan Teen Conference draws 100+ youth and 100+ adults!—Thank you to everyone who helped plan and arranged for youth and chaperones to attend this year’s Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University. The conference was a huge success! Special thanks to the many session presenters, Walk through Life vendors, and generous sponsors and donors who stepped forward to offer expertise and support. As was shared on several evaluation forms by participants, this year's conference was very informative and positive…many youth are already looking forward to next year's conference!

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!

Michigan Foster Care Review Board 2010 Annual Report

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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The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) is a program established by the legislature to provide third-party review of foster care placements and related matters. There are 30 local review boards throughout the state, comprised of citizen volunteers. For those who are not familiar with the program, complete information can be found at
http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/fcrb/fcrb.htm

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.

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Reports

On June 24, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan released a comprehensive report that examines the severe disciplinary policies and practices that push children permanently out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system.

childtrendslogoTwo new Child Trends briefs draw on research across the fields of college readiness, workplace readiness, and youth development to identify the skills and competencies high school students need to master for future success. The briefs also highlight strategies that high schools can use to help students develop these skills.

CTlogoClick on the title to download the full report:

Elements of Promising Practice in Teen Fatherhood Programs: Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Research Findings on What Works

Compiled by: Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew, Ph.D, Mary Burkhauser, M.A., Allison Metz, Ph.D.

Introduction
The timing of the onset of fatherhood is a powerful predictor of the paternal role and is likely to determine men’s levels of involvement with their partners and children (Parke, 2001). Early entry into fatherhood is often viewed as a non-normative event and an accelerated role transition (McCluskey, Killarney, & Papini, 1983; Parke, 2000).

Click here to download and view the Michigan Foster Care Review Board's 2007 Annual Report.

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