Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy

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McCamly Plaza Hotel

50 Capital Avenue, SW

Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy

Host: State Court Administrative Office - Child Welfare Services

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018

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

Venue: McCamly Plaza

Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Street Address: 50 Capital Avenue, SW, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Target Audience: This training was developed for Child welfare caseworkers, prosecutors, and attorneys representing parents or children in child protective proceedings.

Training Description: This training will provide participants with an overview of the legal framework governing child protective proceedings, including applicable statutes, court rules, and DHHS policy. Participants will also receive best practice tips.


  • 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 McphersonK@courts.mi.gov or 517-373-5322. For questions regarding the training content, please contact Elizabeth Henderson, SCAO-CWS Court Analyst, at HendersonE@courts.mi.gov 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: http://help.eventbrite.com/customer/en_us/portal/articles/430100-how-to-update-your-ticket-registration-information

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 McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek, MI. 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 (888) 622-2659. The room block will close on Sunday, June 10 or when the block is full. When and if you need to make a reservation, please reference the organization name “State Court Administrative Office”.

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 McphersonK@courts.mi.gov or 517-373-5322.

What meeting room will the training be in?

The training will be held in the Branson Ballroom meeting room.

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McCamly Plaza Hotel

50 Capital Avenue, SW

Battle Creek, MI 49017

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