'Child Welfare Prevention Continuum' offered for jurists, court staff, attorneys

A “Child Welfare Prevention Continuum” will be hosted online by Michigan’s Child Welfare Services (CWS) on Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This webinar is intended for jurists, court staff and attorneys.

The training will provide an overview of the Prevention Continuum, which is a targeted service array of prevention and reunification services available to children and families who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the foster care system. Prevention services can be provided prior to a child protection petition being filed with the court, and reunification services can be utilized when returning a child home from foster care, both of which are valuable tools to help ensure child safety in their own homes. 

Participants will learn about the current prevention and reunification services that are available to families, which vary greatly around the state, as well as plans for expansion of the services. 

Speaking at the webinar will be Tiffany Kostelec — manager, Home Visiting Unit, MDHHS; Nancy Rostoni — manager, Family Preservation Unit, MDHHS, Children’s Services Agency; Jason Sroufe — senior director, Clinical and Family Services, Wellspring Lutheran Services.

Registration can be completed by visiting www.courts.michigan.gov and scrolling down to “Upcoming Events.”



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