Teens in Foster Care Face Elevated Risk of Becoming a Teen Parent

Teens in foster care face considerable individual and family challenges that place them at an elevated risk of becoming a teen parent. Child Trends has released a new research brief, Teen Parents in Foster Care: Risk Factors and Outcomes for Teens and Their Children, which reviews existing research literature on teens in foster care and examines analyses of primarily regional data to assess the extent to which teens in foster care are at risk of teen pregnancy and parenting. Existing studies suggest that teens in foster care have higher rates of teen pregnancy and parenthood than youth not in care. More than 160,000 of the children in foster care were over 12 years old in 2009.

On the basis of the research highlighted in this brief, Child Trends identifies several challenges to reducing rates of pregnancy and childbearing among teens in foster care and to preventing negative outcomes for these teen parents and their children. With this brief, we hope to increase understanding of this high-risk population; to inform strategies to reduce teen pregnancies in foster care and support teen parents in foster care and their children; and to identify issues that need further research.

This research was supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Child and Family Charities: Organization’s New Name and Logo Reflects Larger Vision and Mission to Help Children, Youth and Families in Mid-Michigan

CFCharities.jpgLANSING, October 6, 2011 – Child and Family Charities (formerly Child & Family Services, Capital Area) publicly announced the organization’s name change and new logo with an unveiling of their new sign on Monday, October 3, 2011 at the agency’s main office building located at 4287 Five Oaks Drive, Lansing, MI 48911.

Debora Matthews, CEO of The Children's Center Honored for Commitment to Children with Disabilities

Detroit, MI (August 15, 2011). The Children’s Center is very pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer Debora Matthews was selected to receive the 2011 EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to distinguished individuals as part of Disabilities Awareness Day recognition events nationwide. Debora was chosen from an impressive list of local candidates for her dedication and commitment to, and advocacy for, those with special needs.

The mission of Disability Awareness Night (DAN) is to expand awareness of the 54.6 million Americans living with disabilities, by highlighting their extraordinary achievements and the perseverance and dedication of the families, physicians, nurses, therapists, educators and other caregivers involved in their care and development. The presentation of the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award (named after the founder and former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent magazine, EP) at each Disability Awareness Night signifies the remarkable accomplishments that can be achieved under difficult circumstances.

Judge might relax aggressive child welfare overhaul

BY ROBIN ERB DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

A Michigan judge might relax on Monday an aggressive schedule for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the state’s child welfare system.

Representatives of the Michigan Department of Human Services, a New York child advocacy group, and a federal court monitor have been preparing for a periodic progress report in a 2008 settlement designed to better care for thousands of Michigan children. The state has repeatedly missed crucial benchmarks.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds scheduled a hearing Monday to consider a “modified consent decree.”

Details were not immediately available, but the hearing may signal a drastic change. In December, the state faced the possibility of a contempt of court ruling after it repeatedly failed to meet the conditions of the agreement that began with a 2006 lawsuit by New York-based Children’s Rights.

The group criticized the state for what it described as life-threatening poor care for children. Years of budget cuts, the loss of experienced social service workers and the state’s failure to tap into federal funding contributed to the crisis, according to the suit.

FYI • June 24, 2011 • No. 13

FYI • June 24, 2011 • No. 13
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 8, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Michigan Teen Conference draws 100+ youth and 100+ adults!—Thank you to everyone who helped plan and arranged for youth and chaperones to attend this year’s Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University. The conference was a huge success! Special thanks to the many session presenters, Walk through Life vendors, and generous sponsors and donors who stepped forward to offer expertise and support. As was shared on several evaluation forms by participants, this year's conference was very informative and positive…many youth are already looking forward to next year's conference!

Nominations open through September 15 for 2011 Child Welfare Awards

On an annual basis, the Michigan statewide Foster Care Review Board recognizes one jurist (judge or referee), one foster care case worker, one lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL), a single foster parent or foster parent couple, and one parent attorney for exemplary service to abused or neglected children in the Michigan foster care system. Nominations for the 2011 Child Welfare Awards are now available. Click the category to make the nomination; you may have to press and hold the CTRL key while making your selection:

Jurist of the Year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Foster Care Worker of the Year: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

LGAL of the Year: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Foster Parent of the Year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Parent Attorney of the Year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Deadline for submission is September 15, 2011. Recipients of all awards will be recognized at the FCRB Annual Training Conference on November 10, 2011, in Southfield, MI.

FYI • May 27, 2011 • No. 11

Greetings, Federation members.

Attached is this week's bulletin: FYI • May 27, 2011 • No. 11
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 10, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• Public-Private Partnership Strategic Planning to benefit Michigan—Five agency executives from the private provider sector and five administrators from the Michigan Department of Human Services attended a special, two-day, intensive strategic planning session in Ohio this week, funded by the Children’s Bureau. The Michigan Federation for Children and Families, on behalf of Michigan's private providers and the Michigan Department of Human Services, had submitted the proposal for Michigan’s involvement to the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services. Chosen as one of five states from 20 applicants, Michigan will benefit from the in-depth technical assistance around building and maintaining a strong public/private partnership of child welfare leaders. Other states represented were: NE, NC, TX and WA. Attendees of the Sept. 14-16 Senior Management Conference will hear more about these strategic planning efforts!

Michigan Foster Care Review Board 2010 Annual Report

The Michigan Foster Care Review Board would like to share with you its 2010 Annual Report:

http://courts.michigan.gov/scao//resources/publications/reports/fcrb/fcrb_ar10.pdf

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The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) is a program established by the legislature to provide third-party review of foster care placements and related matters. There are 30 local review boards throughout the state, comprised of citizen volunteers. For those who are not familiar with the program, complete information can be found at
http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/fcrb/fcrb.htm

FYI • May 13, 2011 • No. 10

Greetings, Federation members.

Attached is this week's bulletin: FYI • May 13, 2011 • No. 10
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 27, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• HR Spring Tune-Up another success!—Thirty-plus private agency staff took advantage of the expertise offered at this year’s Federation-sponsored annual HR Spring Tune-Up training in Lansing. Topics covered national health care reform and what you need to know now/next; creating a customer service culture and program; and steps to take if you’ve been sued, starting with “don’t panic!” Many thanks to Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency for putting this program together on behalf of the Federation’s HR MIN. Handouts from the training have been emailed to HR MIN members. Attendees are already looking forward to next year’s training!

• Adoption contract negotiations resume—The group of private agency representatives, which met previously with DHS officials both last summer and in February, meets on Monday with DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade at the Federation office to work on the new adoption contract for October 1, 2011.

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