Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy - Marquette

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Northern Michigan University

Northern Center

648 West Kaye Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855

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Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy

Host: State Court Administrative Office - Child Welfare Services

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Northern Michigan University - Northern Center

Location: Marquette, Michigan

Street Address: 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Target Audience: This training was developed for child welfare caseworkers, prosecutors, and attorneys representing parents or children in child protective proceedings. Other child welfare professionals may also benefit.

Training Description: This training will provide participants with an overview of the legal framework governing child protective proceedings in Michigan, including applicable statutes, court rules, and DHHS policy. Participants will learn the procedural rules, time guidelines, and legal standards applicable to each hearing, as well as receive best practice tips. Specific strategies to advocate for reasonable efforts to preserve and reunify families will be discussed.


  • Jennifer A. Pilette, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Wayne State University Law School, and Juvenile Referee (ret.), Wayne County Third Circuit Court

Is registration required?

Yes. Registration is required and on-site registration is not available. Please do not register to attend this training unless you have scheduling flexibility and have received the necessary authorization to attend. Excessive nonattendance without prior cancellation will result in limited access to future CWS training events.

Who should I contact
with questions?

For general assistance, please contact Kate McPherson, SCAO-CWS Administrative Assistant, at or 517-373-5322. For questions regarding the training content, please contact Elizabeth Henderson, SCAO-CWS Court Analyst, at or 517-373­-2621.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. You can update your information (name, email, answers, etc.). Click on the following link for a step by step tutorial:

Do I have to print and bring my registration confirmation to the event?

No. There will be a sign in sheet at the SCAO-CWS registration desk outside of the meeting room.

The name on the registration doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. Please use the attendee's name only.

I need an overnight guest room at the hotel.
The State Court Administrative Office has a limited block of discounted guest rooms at the Holiday Inn of Marquette. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the participant. All reservations must be made by the participant through the Hotel’s Reservation Department at (906) 225-1351. The room block will close on June 15, 2019 or when the block is full. When and if you need to make a reservation, please reference the group code “SCA”.

When do I receive a Certificate of Attendance?
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance via email within one week of the training. The certificates are for proof of attendance and tracking of participation hours.

Does this training offer continued education units for licensed social workers?
This course is approved for a maximum of 5.5 CE units by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. To obtain CE units, you must be a licensed social worker and must complete and submit a CE attendance verification form. This form will be provided to licensed social workers at the training. To receive full credit you must be seated in the training room for the entire program. There are no exceptions to these requirements.

What attire do you recommend?
Room temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. Please plan accordingly and dress in layers.

Is food provided?
Lunch will be generously provided to participants within State of Michigan meal rates. Due to grant restrictions, we are unable to provide breakfast or snacks. Additional meals and snacks are the responsibility of the participant. If you require a vegetarian meal or have severe food allergies, please contact Kate McPherson at or 517-373-5322.

What meeting room will the training be in?
The training will be held in the Ballroom IV in the Northern Center on the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette, MI.

Where do I park?
** NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Kaye Street dead ends into a parking lot outside the Northern Center. Please reference the map below. The following address can be used to locate the parking lot via

GPS: 648 West Kaye Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.

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Northern Michigan University

Northern Center

648 West Kaye Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855

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