A REGIONAL TRIBAL CHILD WELFARE GATHERING
Solely for Tribes in ACF Regions V and VII
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Kewadin Casino Hotel and Convention Center, Sault Ste Marie, MI
Sponsored by the Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
Registration closes on May 17th
ABOUT THE MIDWEST CHILD WELFARE IMPLEMENTATION CENTER (MCWIC)
In 2008, the Children's Bureau expanded its National Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network by establishing five regional Child Welfare Implementation Centers. The T/TA Network is designed to provide States and Tribes with information, training, technical assistance, research and consultation that supports their efforts to improve child welfare systems and achieve sustainable systemic change that yields improved outcomes for children, youth and families. MCWIC provides expertise in the implementation of systemic change through in-depth and long-term consultation and support to States and Tribes in ACF Regions V and VII. MCWIC invites you to attend this event at no cost to you or your agency.
- Opportunities for peer-sharing on critical issues concerning Indian Child Welfare including: Foster Care licensing, Michigan Family Preservation Act, Qualifying Expert Witnesses, the use of data and technology and others
- Facilitated topical discussions with other Tribal child welfare leaders and staff
- Opportunities for interaction and consultation with representatives from the ACF Region V and Region VII offices
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Tribal Gathering is designed to facilitate peer learning and solution-focused dialogue on topics that have been identified by Tribal child welfare agencies in Regions V and VII. Each Tribe is invited to send a team of participants that reflects the Tribal child welfare agency’s unique structure and needs, including child welfare administrators with policy and programmatic decision-making authority. The Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center will provide reimbursement for all travel costs, accommodations, and meal reimbursement for three representatives from each Tribe. MCWIC will also provide financial support for two representatives from each state whose work is directly focused on Indian Child Welfare and/or have responsibility for administering programs with IV-B tribal grant recipients. MCWIC encourages participation of additional individuals whose travel costs will be covered by their respective agencies.
Registration for this gathering is available here. If you need assistance in registering for this event, please contact Sarah Hansen. Please register by May 17th, 2013
REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES
MCWIC will provide reimbursement for travel costs, accommodations, and per diem for up to three representatives from each Tribal agency in ACF Regions V and VII that is a Title IV-B grant recipient and up to 2 State agency representatives. Reimbursement will be provided at the Federal Travel Reimbursement rates found at www.gsa.gov. Please indicate the planned method of travel on the registration form. All flight arrangements must be made through MCWIC’s contracted travel agency by May 17, 2013. Tribes that are not Title IV-B funded are welcomed to attend the gathering at their own expense. Meals included as part of the meeting will be provided for all participants.
Sleeping rooms will be provided the nights of June 18-20 for all meeting participants to accommodate travel to and from the meeting location. Please indicate the nights you will require lodging on the online registration form. There are a limited number of smoking rooms available. Please indicate your preference on the registration. MCWIC will place hotel reservations on behalf of all participants, and authorized room charges will be billed directly to MCWIC. Any additional discretionary charges will be the responsibility of the participant. Each participant will receive their confirmation number prior to travel.
MCWIC will provide reimbursement for ground transportation costs for three representatives from each tribal agency and two state representatives as indicated above. The hotel offers a free shuttle to/from the Chippewa County International (CIU) airport. Participants who choose to drive to the meeting location will be reimbursed at the federal rate of $0.565/mile. Parking is complimentary at the Kewadin Casino Hotel and Convention Center.
The following meals will be provided as a part of the Tribal Gathering: Wednesday breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break and dinner; Thursday breakfast, morning break, box lunch. We will also offer a networking reception on Tuesday night. All other meals incurred while traveling will be reimbursed following per-diem guidelines for those eligible for reimbursement. Detailed receipts for all meal expenses are required. Receipts that are not itemized (such as a credit card receipt showing only total charges) will not be accepted.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GATHERING?
Contact Sarah Hansen, Project Coordinator, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center, firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 888-523-8055.