REGISTRATION OPEN: March 2 & 3, 2020 Navigating Change: Fulfilling the Promise of the FFPSA

You may now REGISTER to attend! 

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the: Monday, MARCH 2, 2020: 8th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the: Tuesday, MARCH 3, 2020: 1st Annual Family Preservation Conference

Cost to attend: $110 per person/per conference (Federation member) $155 each (non-member)

Earn as many as 5 social work continuing education credit hours at each conference for an additional $30 per conference! 

Both conferences will feature a keynote by nationally-renowned speaker Amelia Franck Meyer!

Amelia Franck Meyer is CEO of Alia, a national non-profit focused on transforming how child welfare is done in this country. Amelia delivered a very powerful address at this year's Sr. Management Conference. Here's what your colleagues had to say about her presentation: 

  • "This was one of the best presentations I’ve ever attended. Amelia was engaging, informative, honest and her work is noteworthy! I would love to have her train at my agency!"
  • "Exceptional and inspirational." 
  • "Engaging, motivational and inspiring presenter. I wanted to stand up and cheer numerous times during the talk."

Both conferences will also have national speakers from Casey Family Programs focusing on implementing the FFPSA specific to each conference audience.

The Residential Treatment conference will also feature sessions on: 

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Building Awareness of LGBTQ Youth
  • Applying Effective Behavior Management Strategies with Urban Youth

The Family Preservation conference will also feature sessions on: 

  • Welcome address by Jooyeun Chang, Deputy Director, Children's Services Administration, MDHHS. 
  • Panel featuring three evidence-based interventions. 
  • Motivational interviewing. 

CLICK HERE to download/view the CONFERENCE FLYER which includes SPONSORSHIP and MARKETING opportunities. To sign up to SPONSOR: CLICK HERE

Event Date: 
03/02/2020 - 8:30am to 03/03/2020 - 4:00pm

Nominations Sought for 2020 Governor’s Service Awards

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Community Service Commission is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. This event is hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission.

The online application for the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards is available at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 17, 2020. Date and location of the event will be announced at a later date.

“We want to recognize Michigan volunteers who make their community a better place,” Michigan Community Service Commission executive director Ginna Holmes said. “Hearing the stories of Michiganders generosity and giving spirit is inspiring for all.”

Awards will be presented in 10 categories which reflect the diverse nature of volunteers throughout the state. The categories are:

2019 Federation ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR Award

Advocate of the Year is presented to a Federation member who has played a strong role in carrying out the mission of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families: to influence public policy and practice in support of the highest quality services to vulnerable children and families.

Khadija Walker-Fobbs, Executive Director of The New Foster Care, was presented with the 2019 Federation Member Advocate of the Year award in recognition of her consistent involvement in the Federation’s advocacy efforts. 

When thinking about a Federation member who is highly involved in advocacy efforts and systems change, Khadija comes quickly to mind. In the fall, Khadija’s organization spearheaded and convened a candidate forum to facilitate discussions to develop more informed voters. Khadija understood that both statewide and local candidates for office do not always address the many issues that matter to children and families involved in the foster care system, and she proceeded to develop a forum led by youth to ask important questions about foster care. Khadija was very involved in the Federation’s Annual Executive Legislative and Advocacy Day, maximizing the number of legislators and staff that she spoke with about the Federation’s state budget and policy priorities. Through The New Foster Care’s work at Fostering Success Michigan, the organization testified to the House of Representatives in support of increasing funding available through the Fostering Futures scholarship fund. The organization has also supported the Annual Teen Conference and the National Foster Youth Institute’s first legislative Shadow Day in Lansing, bringing youth voices to the public policy process, which is essential and a priority to Khadija and her team. Khadija is both a skilled advocate for her agency, and colleagues in the field know she is someone who will act to ensure kids, families, and especially teenagers, are equipped with the best resources to be successful and thrive in their communities.

2019 Federation AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR Award

Ambassador of the Year is presented to a Federation member who embodies the core values of the Federation: all children deserve excellence, strategic advocacy, partnerships and collaboration, and equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

Cathey Prudhomme, President & CEO of Eagle Village, was presented with the 2019 Federation Member Ambassador of the Year award for her dedication to coming to the table at Federation meetings and events with the greater good in mind, strengthening and advancing the quality services provided by community-based organizations. 

Cathey was an instrumental voice at residential treatment contract negotiations last fall, developing a firm and respectful stance toward developing a contract with MDHHS that kept children at the forefront of treatment and services, while effectively communicating the needs of private agencies in being a true partner with the state. Cathey has been a critical contributor to the development of the Federation’s Legal Trust Fund, now serving as a Trustee, and approaches the role with thinking about how to best assist her fellow Federation member agencies in making use of this resource. Cathey demonstrates highly effective and thoughtful leadership for her organization and the Federation and never waivers to stand up for what is right.

2019 Federation LEADER IN CHILD WELFARE Award

Leader in Child Welfare is presented to a Federation member who helps to assure the Federation’s vision statement is at the forefront of all their actions: communities where all children, youth, and families thrive.

Jerry Peterson, Executive Director of Ruth Ellis Center, was presented with the 2019 Federation Member Leader in Child Welfare award for being an outstanding leader in the field. 

Over the past several years, Jerry has been entrenched in the community of Detroit where Ruth Ellis Center is located, learning about the needs of the children and their families who have come to the agency for assistance. When Jerry saw the community’s needs for more access to mental, behavioral, and physical health services, he responded with a call to action to build a center that did not previously exist and remained laser-focused on efforts to fundraise, construct, and develop partnerships to deliver services to completion. When the local MDHHS and central training team reached out for more resources and training on serving LGBTQ and diverse SOGIE youth, Jerry and his team responded with a robust program and willingness to respond to what the community needed. Jerry has been pivotal in implementing positive youth development, harm reduction, family engagement, and trauma-informed care strategies at the agency. Jerry’s contributions to the Federation are many, and his work is helping to ensure the vision that all children, youth, and families thrive.

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