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April 19, 2016

Capitol Corner:  Two Positive Changes for Families Appear in FY17 State Budget

     

Michigan’s Children's Matt Gillard details two developments in state budget proposals that hold promising outcomes for children and families facing challenges. Read his Capitol Corner report to learn more about how Michigan can boost Early On services through Medicaid, and how an increased investment in family preservation programs, including the Parent Partners program, can make a difference. Then join us in encouraging your Senator to support increased investment in Early On.



Spotlight on Parent Partners Program

 

Michigan’s Children’s Parenting series concludes with a story on a Wayne County program that helps families reunify with their children from foster care. The Parent Partners program utilizes parents who reclaimed their children from out-of-home care to serve as mentors to those traveling the same journey today.  The state is now considering replicating the pilot in other counties in Michigan.  Read how Parent Partners brings hope and insight without judgment to the people they serve.


 

Families, Child Advocates Gather to Press for Focus on Child Abuse Prevention


On Tuesday, hundreds of parents and child and family advocates gathered at the state Capitol for the Children’s Trust Fund-sponsored Prevention Awareness Day.  There, Director Nick Lyon of the Department of Health and Human Services said there were 35,000 victims of abuse and neglect last year, amounting to 95 victims a day; and that “We know trauma experienced in children has an adverse effect that lasts a lifetime.”

With the rate of child abuse and neglect rising in Michigan, the need for services to prevent and mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences including child maltreatment has never been greater.  As the state co-chapter lead for Prevent Child Abuse America in partnership with the Children’s Trust Fund, Michigan’s Children advocates for better policies and investments that strengthen families to both prevent abuse and neglect and to support important family reunification services for those already involved with the child welfare system.  Missing in Michigan is state investment in prevention services, which are funded largely through private donations and federal funds.

Matt Gillard spoke to Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer on this saying, “All these legislators run on this notion that children are a priority . . . and make all these campaign promises. But we are not seeing the level of support or commitment from our state government in these programs.”

Read/listen to Michigan Radio's story, How much money does the state appropriate for programs to prevent child abuse: $0


 
Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 
 
Budget proposals are working their way through the state Legislature with funding for a new Early On Medicaid study. The study would examine ways to increase investments in services for families of children 0-3 with developmental delays or disabilities in Michigan. Contact your senators and tell them you support the study. 
     
 
Direct Quotes
 

“I’ll be participating together with many of my colleagues in the Legislature - from both sides of the aisle - because abuse and neglect don’t recognize politics or partisanship.The event is a call to action for Michigan, for policymakers and for ordinary individuals."

-- Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhoff,
on Prevention Awareness Day

 
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