Brian Knoblock 1964-2011

BrianKnoblock.jpgBrian K. Knoblock Born in Southfield, MI on January 2, 1964; passed away due to natural causes on October 2nd at the age of 47. Brian was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Jackson and brother, Darren Kaye. He is survived by his fiancee Angela Vlahakis, father Robert (Donna) Kaye, sister, Linda (Robert) Felker and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Community Center located at 1701 E. Saginaw in Lansing, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906.

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


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.

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:

Foster Care Worker of the Year:

LGAL of the Year:

Foster Parent of the Year:

Parent Attorney of the Year:

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.

Michigan Foster Care Review Board 2010 Annual Report

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


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


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