SBM section to present 'What's the Big Deal with Title IV-E?'

The Children's Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present "What's the Big Deal with Title IV-E?" as an online training on Thursday, February 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Title IVE allows states and territories to claim federal funds for providing foster care, and adoption and guardianship assistance. To claim the federal funds, however, the states have to comply with the federal rules. This training will go over the rules and possible results for your cases if these rules are not followed.

Attendees will hear from Tamala Ware and Alicia Hale who work in the Genesee County Title IV-E unit. They make sure their county follows the Title IV-E guidelines and will share those requirements.

Cass County Probate Court Judge Sue Dobrich will explain what the judges look for to ensure Title IV-E is being followed and the tough decisions they have to make when they determine it is not.

Also speaking at the training will be Evelyn Calogero, a Juvenile Law attorney that works in Eaton County. She makes sure her local DHHS is using the Title IV-E requirements for the benefit of her clients.

To register for the online training, visit and click on "events."

For any questions, contact Stephanie Cardenas at or 616-916-9547.


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