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​Training and Development

Child Welfare Services offers judicial, attorney, and field worker trainings targeted toward child welfare system improvement. The trainings are based on Court Improvement Program committee findings and are developed collaboratively with various stakeholder community agencies, the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Training programs are presented through various methods, such as webcasts, live onsite training, and summits.

Training ​Notification

To be added to the SCAO-CWS training notification list, please contact Kate McPherson, SCAO-CWS Administrative Assistant, at or (517) 373-5322.

Upcoming Programs

  • Child Caring Institution (CCI) Transformation
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Audience: all child welfare professionals, including jurists, court staff, attorneys, CPS and foster care workers, tribes, and private agencies.
  • ​​ICWA/MIFPA Topical Summer Miniseries 
    June 22 - Cultural Competency
    July 20 - Heart of ICWA
    August 17 - Notice Requirements 
    September 8 - Indian Child Removal Standards

    September 21 - Case Law Update
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Audience: jurists, referees, prosecutors, attorneys, Lawyer-Guardians Ad Litem, and juvenile court staff.

Michigan Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem Online Training​​

CWS recently designed an online, comprehensive, self-paced training program for lawyer-guardians ad litem ​(LGALs).  For more information, please visit​.


Recorded Web-based Meet-ups

To view recordings of CWS web-based meet-ups, please visit:​ 


Staff contact

Kate McPherson
(517) 373-5322