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Michigan Adoption Day to be held Nov. 21

Michigan Adoption Day, Giving thanks for families, Tuesday, November 21, 2006

LANSING - Michigan will celebrate adoptive families and efforts to place children in adoptive homes at the fourth annual Michigan Adoption Day on November 21. The event, which is poised to be the nation's largest Adoption Day event for the fourth year in a row, is cosponsored by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE).

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17,000 R.E.A.D.Y. kits distributed free to child care providers

LANSING - To help boost infant and toddlers' development and literacy skills, the Department of Human Services and Early Childhood Investment Corporation distributed 17,000 R.E.A.D.Y. kits free to providers caring for children under the age of 30 months.

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State Task Force Report advocates better services for "aging out" foster care youths

LANSING -- A 21-step action plan - based on recommendations from - foster care youths - will improve health care, education, job opportunities and resources for young people aging out of foster care, according to a report released to the Michigan Legislature today by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).

About 450 youths in Michigan left foster care, or "aged out," at age 18 during 2005. These young adults are at greater risk for poverty, homelessness, unemployment and other negative outcomes. In January 2006, DHS director Marianne Udow and Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan convened a task force to evaluate existing services for foster youth and propose improvements.

"Many foster care youths face a bleak future after they age out, as both national and state statistics demonstrate," said Justice Maura Corrigan, who served on the national Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. "Courts, public agencies and the private sector have to work together to give aging-out foster care youths the opportunity for better lives. Separation of powers doesn't mean anything to a child about to leave care."

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Eaton County DHS Announces New Approach to Foster Care

"Family to Family" Keeps Foster Care Kids in their Schools and Communities
CHARLOTTE - For many years, foster children in Michigan were often placed outside of their own communities and moved multiple times while in care. There is substantial research indicating that children in foster care who have frequent contact with their birth parents, remain in their schools, and continue their existing friendship and family networks, have a higher rate of successful reunification with their birth parents.

"Children are our most precious resource," Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said. "It is critical that we work together to do everything we can not only to ensure the safety of our children, but also to provide them with a stable environment in which they are surrounded by adults who care about them and will help them learn and grow."

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Granholm Blueprint To Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Making Progress

LANSING – More than 50 community members and stakeholders joined Michigan Surgeon General Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom as the state recognized the progress made toward implementing Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s blueprint strategy to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies statewide.

“I am thrilled that we have made such progress toward addressing unintended pregnancies in a short period of time,” Wisdom said at the Lansing event. “The statistics we already have clearly indicate promising news for Michigan now – and in the future. The work thus far is an excellent example of the Governor’s commitment to ensuring that women have access to the care they need.”

Since tackling this important health care issue, Michigan has made the following crucial first steps toward seeing reductions in the state’s unintended pregnancy rates:

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DHS Family Resource Centers help increase academic performance

August 17, 2006
LANSING –The Michigan Department of Human Services has found that the schools with Family Resource Centers met their annual yearly progress goals at a much higher rate than those without Family Resource Centers.

In the 2004-05 school year, 40 percent of schools with Family Resource Centers made enough progress to move off the annual yearly progress list, compared to 10 percent of the schools without a Family Resource Center. 32 schools have Family Resource Centers “Family Resource Centers are a key element in our commitment to providing a quality education to every child in Michigan,” said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “By providing families with the services they need
in a familiar, comfortable setting, these centers help ensure that students can succeed in the classroom.”
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Press Release: Elizabeth A. Carey, New Executive Director

Federation welcomes Elizabeth A. Carey as new executive director
On March 22, 2004, Elizabeth A. Carey assumed the duties of Executive Director of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families. Carey replaces William E. Long, who retired from the post in December after ten years on the job.



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