December 6, 2016

Act Now for Children in Foster Care

The lame duck session is underway and the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Act – which would increase state accountability for access to better services for children and youth in foster care – is awaiting action by the State Senate. These bills were already approved by the Michigan House of Representatives and your action is needed to ensure the package can make it to Governor Snyder's desk before the legislative session ends at the end of the year.  Other important bills awaiting action by the Senate include Raise the Age and efforts to improve school discipline laws

Contact your State Senators today!

Tell Congress to Pass Family First

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act contains many important provisions which would allow federal funds to be used for child abuse/neglect prevention services, including substance use treatment services, mental health services, and in home-parenting skills for families in or at risk of becoming involved with the foster care system.  Your communication is needed with your Members of Congress, urging them to do everything possible to support the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act (HR 5456, S 3065) in this legislative session before time runs out.

Kids Can’t Improve Reading if
Parents Can’t Help

Michigan has a new third­ grade reading policy and implementation is just getting underway to expand teacher and classroom interventions to improve early literacy.  Read VP for Programs Michele Corey’s commentary in Bridge Magazine on how research points to a two-generation strategy to improve children’s literacy, and what we should be looking at with the start of the new legislative session next month to continue to move the dime on this important benchmark.

Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 
If you are or have been connected to the child welfare system, your voice is even more powerful to help see some of the important child welfare related bills make it to the finish line during lame duck. 

Staff Blogs

The Elections are Over. Now What About the Babies?
Mina Hong

 Direct Quote

“At any time, Michigan has about 13,000 kids in the foster care system, and it’s important that we protect their rights and safety. These bills will help accomplish that, so I’m hopeful the Senate will take quick action, and we can see them signed into law.”

-- Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon)
on Quality Assurance of Foster Care bills

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