An increasing number of programs focus on improving fathers' involvement with children and families. What features of fatherhood programs really matter? A new National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse brief authored by Child Trends examines experimental evaluations of fatherhood and parenting programs to identify ten promising practices:

FactCardyouthinoutofhomecareAs of September 2007, 46% (8,879) of the 19,298 children in Michigan's child welfare and juvenile justice systems resided in foster homes (7,029) or residential treatment facilities (1,850). They are boys and girls...ages birth to 18...many races...many religions...with many challenges!

Private nonprofit agencies in Michigan are the State's partners in providing the care and supervision for these children. Michigan Department of Human Services statistics demonstrate this partnership: Download this 2007 data Fact Card.

A January 2008 five-page brief released by Prevent Child Abuse America, and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, calculates that an investment in the prevention of child abuse and neglect can save the nation over $100 billion per year. The brief, titled Total Estimated Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect in the United States, updates an earlier publication that documented the nationwide costs that result because of child abuse and neglect (Fromm, 2001).

During FY 2006, DHS led a task force on services to at-risk youth transitioning to adulthood. The task force was directed to: assess current services provided; determine the extent to which DHS programs and services are coordinated with those of other state departments and agencies; identify ways to better coordinate services; identify potential resources and services in the public and private sectors; develop a plan to ensure effective organization and availability of current private and public resources and services; and recommend improvements to services.

At their meeting on July 25, 2007, the Federation’s HR MIN members okayed the Federation conducting a short survey to collect and then report to participating agencies information regarding two separate topics not covered in the Annual Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey: Workplace Wellness Initiatives and Pay Budgets. We’ve prepared the survey (see below and/or attached). Your responses can be provided online, via fax or email.

The National Council of La Raza has published "Buenos Principios: Latino Children In The Earliest Years Of Life."  The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. This report is intended to inform policy-makers, researchers and others about the Latino infant and toddler population in the U.S. and to make recommendations for how we can move toward a child care, education, and health care system that works for Latinos and the nation as a whole.

Click here to view the Michigan Federation for Children and Families' 2000 Michigan Private Agency Adoption Survey Results

On February 21, 2007, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education met to review the Governor's budget recommendations for fiscal year 2007-2008. A written summary of the Governor's proposed Great Start Full-Day Preschool Program was provided to the Subcommittee members by a representative of the Office of the State Budget. You can find a copy of the document here: Great Start Full-Day Preschool Program

Children’s Rights releases a new report, Improving the Child Welfare Workforce: Lessons Learned from Class Action Litigation. Please click here to download the report. This report summarizes the findings of a review of efforts to strengthen the child welfare workforce in the context of class action litigation in 12 jurisdictions across the nation.

This 12-page newsletter issued by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board based within the State Court Administrative Office in Lansing, addresses the current state of the foster care system, training for Review Board members, adjusted focus for the Review Board, Concurrent Planning 101, upcoming child welfare trainings, and a helpful guide to services available to youth transitioning to adulthood. Download the Permanency Planner Newsletter here.

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