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This page is a one-stop-shop for all things Orientation, Support Group, and Training! While everything is listed together on this page, the filtration options will also allow you to refine your results to display results from just one category, filter by location, or search using keyword(s).

Orientations: Whether you’ve made the decision to pursue licensure and are ready to find an agency that will meet your family’s needs or you’re still on the fence and are curious about what the agencies in your area have to offer, attending an orientation is a great next step!

Support Groups: Building a community of support is one of the best things you can do for yourself to ensure your success as a foster, adoptive, and/or kinship/relative parent or caregiver! Support groups listed here are offered by a variety of agencies and programs, so feel free to do some browsing to find a group that will work well for you. Additionally, some groups are currently being held virtually while others are being held in person, so be sure to consider that as well when selecting a group.

Trainings: As a foster, adoptive, and/or kinship/relative parent or caregiver, staying up to date on trainings is incredibly important! We hope this page can serve as an ongoing resource to you and your family as you seek out trainings on a variety of topics. While the Foster Care Navigator program does offer trainings throughout the state, please also note that this page is a home for trainings being offered by a variety of hosts, including licensing agencies and other like-minded organizations, so you always have access to diverse content that will suit your needs.

To view any of the events listed here, simply click on the tile below! You will be directed to a new page with additional information about that event, including RSVP and/or signup information.

Questions? Looking for trainings on a topic that you can’t find here? Feel free to contact WebUpdates@JudsonCenter.org!

Upcoming Events
July
6
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Foster Care Orientations at Oakland Family Services

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Online

Oakland Family Services

July
6
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Orientations at Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties

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TBD

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties

July
6
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Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw Orientations

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Online via Zoom

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw

July
6
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Orientations at Orchards Children's Services

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Online via Microsoft Teams

July
6
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Orientation at Wellspring - Grand Rapids

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Online

Wellspring Lutheran Services

July
6
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Fostering Futures "Experienced Caregiver" Support Group

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Online via Zoom

Fostering Futures

July
6
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Fostering Futures Support Group

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2008 Hogback Rd., Ste 6, Ann Arbor

Judson Center Child & Family Services

July
7
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Orientation at Ennis Center for Children - Flint

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Online via Zoom

Ennis Center for Children

July
7
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Orientation at Hands Across the Water (HATW)

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Online via Teams

Hands Across the Water

Ongoing Events

Searching for a training on a topic that isn’t being offered in the Upcoming Events section? Interested in a training that doesn’t fit into your schedule? This section is a great place to access pre-recorded and/or fully digital trainings at any time that works for you! As this section is well stocked with great trainings, please be sure to use the keyword search box if you’re looking for trainings on a specific topic.

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