RFPs sought for 15th Annual Michigan Teen Conference

Download and distribute the Save the Date notice below!

Deadline for RFP submissions is extended to APRIL 5, 2019.

The Michigan Teen Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present a workshop and/or lead a group activity at the 15th Annual Michigan Teen Conference June 19-20, 2019 at Saginaw Valley State University. 

Take Charge! is a two-day event geared toward youth between the ages of 14 and 23 currently living in foster care or independent living, and their caregivers and agency caseworkers. Take Charge in 2019 will give youth from across Michigan an opportunity to come together to learn and network with other youth in similar situations without being concerned about the stigma that foster care often carries. Youth will hear from successful adults who also struggled through the foster care system. 

Professionals of many disciplines are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference or lead a group activity that will stimulate team-building and engagement.  

2018 Compensation Data Report available for purchase

Data reflected in the 2018 Compensation Data Report was provided by 52 private, nonprofit human service agencies across Michigan, current as of January 31, 2018. The Federation member response rate was 90%...thank you! Copies of the report were distributed were put into the U.S. mail on Wednesday, September 25, addressed to Full Member CEOs and HR Directors

It is available for purchase by other interested parties.

Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Rose Homa, rose@michfed.org. Many thanks to those who invested their time and energy completing this survey; you’ve made this an especially valuable resource for yourselves and your colleagues!

To purchase the 2018 report, the following prices apply: $150 for Federation Members and Corporate Sponsors; $200 for non-participating non-Federation entities. Send your request and payment to Michigan Federation for Children and Families, 620 S Capitol Ave, Suite 325, Lansing, MI 48933. Or e-mail your request to jenny@michfed.org and pay via credit card at this link (a 4% administrative charge will be added to your order): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MichfedPayment

NEW 2018-19 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS

Attached you will find the NEW 2018-19 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS, as well as DHHS employees.

The Leadership training opportunities focus on staff engagement and retention. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors. 

Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the Caregiver training opportunities—accessible by webinar.

All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.

Please direct any questions you may have about these courses to the MSU School of Social Work or the university hosting these trainings. Remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

Michigan Federation Member Agency Spotlights

Karra VanderWiere, a foster care social worker at D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, has been awarded the 2017 John P. Steketee Child Welfare Advocate of the Year Award! “Karra is the perfect example of what an effective foster care worker should be. Karra’s passion, positivity, and enthusiasm shine through all of her interactions and are contagious to those around her." 

Christ Child House has again achieved expedited accreditation through the Council on Accreditation! Congratulations to Executive Director John Yablonky and the entire staff at Christ Child House!

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan has named Jennifer Santer as the agency’s new CEO, replacing interim CEO Mark Holliday. Welcome Jennifer!

NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 opportunities that are offered FREE of charge

Attached you will find the NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS, as well as DHHS employees.

The Leadership training opportunities focus on managing secondary trauma. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors. 

Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities- both in-person and webinar offerings attached as well.

All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.

Please direct any questions you may have about these courses to the MSU School of Social Work or the university hosting these trainings- and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

Chuck Jackson new President of Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC)

DETROIT, MI – May 26, 2017 - Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC) is pleased to announce William “Chuck” Jackson as its new President effective May 31, 2017. He will succeed Patrick Heron who retired May 5, 2017. “CSSWC’s Board of Directors thanks Patrick Heron for his years of service and we look forward to working with Chuck and we are excited about the organization’s future,” said Brenda Motley-Aikens, Chair of CSSWC’s Board of Directors. “Chuck’s proven track record of executive leadership coupled with his ability to lead by setting clear priorities and achievable goals will help guide CSSWC on a path to achieve our goal of delivering excellent services to the residents of Southeastern Michigan.”

Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services!

Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services—The Federation Board has voted to approve the Full Member application of Family and Community Services, Inc. submitted by Brandon Hannah, director of the agency’s DHHS programs. With a main office located in Sterling Heights and branch offices in Howell and Monroe, the agency serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson and Monroe counties. The agency also serves Ohio, China and the Philippines. The agency is COA accredited and provides adoption, family services and foster care. Learn more about the agency at http://www.facadopt.org. Welcome, Brandon Hannah and staff!

Schuette Issues 2015 Human Trafficking Commission Report

Report outlines important work of Human Trafficking Commission, highlights next steps in stopping modern day slavery LANSING ­– Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released the 2015 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Annual Report to the governor and legislature, highlighting the important work the commission has accomplished and setting the stage to continue the fight against this form of modern slavery. “Human trafficking has been one of my top priorities since taking office. The challenging nature of these cases require a focus on the victims and the desperate circumstances they find themselves in,” said Schuette.

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.

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