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Membership Application

Birth parents who are actively participating in or previously serviced by a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) family preservation program or the child welfare system, including Children’s Protective Services (CPS) or foster care.

The Advisory Council assists the MDHHS and partner agencies by developing recommendations or suggestions for improving child welfare responses to families and providing input on policy development. Members participate in quarterly meetings and work to achieve objectives through additional activities such as:

· Developing and reviewing policies and procedures.

· Participating in engagement opportunities such as workgroups, advisory boards, or steering committees that inform programs and policies.

· Participating in legislative advocacy or testimony.
· Participating in forums and presentations involving child welfare stakeholders.

· Otherwise engaging in positive advocacy on behalf of children and families impacted by the child welfare system.

Term of Appointment
Term is a two-year appointment. Members must commit to participating in both council meetings and engagement opportunities.
• Reimbursement for approved travel at state-rate.
(State rate:,5552,7-358-82548_13132---,00.html)
• Participation incentives will be provided as outlined in the GTPAC Operating Guidelines.

Membership Application Instructions
Complete the enclosed application and submit along with two letters of support/recommendation.
Questions: If you have questions or need assistance in completing this form, please email
For more information about the program, visit GTPAC website at,5885,7-339-71551_5460_97926---,00.html
Application does not ensure membership appointment. The applicant-provided email address noted in this application will be used for primary communication unless otherwise noted in special accommodations. Having no access to transportation and phone does not prohibit appointment.
[The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will not exclude from
participation in, deny benefits of, discriminate against any individual or group because of
race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, height, weight, marital status, partisan
considerations, or a disability or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s
ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position. The statement is supported by
MDHHS policy APX 680, Affordable Care Act (ACA) section 1557, APR 211, ElliottLarsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), and Executive Directive 2019-09.]
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