Alliance Recognizes Lutheran Child and Family Service of Michigan Leader with National Award

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Robert Miles, president and CEO of Lutheran Child & Family Service (LCFS) of Michigan, Bay City, recently was honored by the Alliance for Children and Families for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field.

Robert Miles, president and CEO of Lutheran Child & Family Service (LCFS) of Michigan, Bay City, recently was honored by the Alliance for Children and Families for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field.

Miles was awarded the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award by the Alliance, a Milwaukee-based national nonprofit membership association of nearly 350 human service organizations. The award was presented to Miles April 25 during a national child welfare conference in New Orleans.

The Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award is annually awarded to recognize an individual who makes a significant impact on public opinion and awareness about children’s issues and services; national public policy process that greatly benefits children and children’s services; and the affairs of the Alliance through a leadership role.

While building LCFS of Michigan to be one of the most respected child- and family-serving organizations in the country, Miles has impacted all those around him by imparting his life’s goal to do his best on behalf of children.

On July 1, 2012, Miles will retire from LCFS of Michigan after nearly 34 years and a legacy of dedicated service and advocacy. Whether it is an international organization’s board of directors or a 16-year-old boy discharged from an LCFS of Michigan residential treatment program, Miles continues to inspire, support, and challenge all those around him.

Miles frequently advocated on behalf of children aging out of the foster care system and, just this year, LCFS of Michigan took a significant step in serving this population by opening a new residence in Detroit specifically for young people aging out of foster care.

Miles has advocated for children on the state, national, and international levels. He served as president of the Michigan Federation of Children and Families, a state-wide advocacy association for two years. During this time, he helped to ensure the passage of a budget that included significant increases for the revitalization of child welfare services, as well as rate increases for foster care, residential services, and adoption.

On a national level, Miles was the chairperson of the board of directors for Lutheran Services in America from 2004-2006. He is a participant in the Listening Post Initiative of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a former chairman of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s National Task Force on Children at Risk/Welfare Reform. For the Alliance, he participated in national projects on scenario planning and trends forecasting, while also encouraging other organizations to join the national network.

Miles has also taken his leadership talents to the international level. He joined the board of directors of the International Social Services-United States of America Branch in 2007. In the role of board president this year, Miles lends his domestic child welfare expertise to the international mission of promoting resolutions that are in the best interests of children, adults, and families separated by international borders.

The Alliance for Children and Families is a national membership association of nonprofit human service providers in the United States and Canada. Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, the Alliance strengthens the capacities of North America's nonprofit child- and family-serving organizations to serve and advocate for children, families, and communities. The nearly 350 members of the Alliance provide an array of community-based programs and services to all generations, serving close to 3.4 million people each year. More information is available at alliance1.org.

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