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FYI • May 14, 2010 • No. 10

FYI • May 14, 2010 • No. 10
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 28, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

May 20, 2010 • Federation Member Day at the Capitol
Why it’s so important!
Recent legislative and appropriations hearings further demonstrate the critical need for our membership to be in front of the members of our legislature as the difficult budget negotiations progress. Our membership's presence is NECESSARY at Annual Member Day at the Capitol on Thursday, May 20th! We will be joined by our legislative champions, who still have a lot of work to do on the Human Services budget, and legislators who are expected to rise into new leadership positions following this election year. Join your colleagues on May 20 at Capitol Day by using the following link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/membercapitolday2010

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

May 2010 as Foster Care Month in the State of Michigan: HR 274

portraitSpade-057.jpgcb-blue-sky.jpgThank you State Representative Dudley Spade for offering the following resolution! You are a true champion for kids and families in the great State of Michigan!

A resolution to declare May 2010 as Foster Care Month in the State of Michigan

Whereas, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to recognize the important role that foster care parents, workers, and advocates have in the lives of children in the foster care system throughout the United States; and

Whereas, There is nothing more precious to our Great Lakes State than the healthy growth and development of our youth, who will determine the future direction of our State; and

Whereas, the state of Michigan, communities and local governments should be encouraged to invest available resources on reunification services and post-permanency supports designed to allow more children in the foster care system to safely return to their biological parents, or find permanent placements through adoption or guardianship; and

FYI • April 30, 2010 • No. 9

FYI • April 30, 2010 • No. 9
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May14, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

May 20, 2010
Federation Member Day at the Capitol
Your presence in Lansing on May 20 is important! Join your Federation member colleagues for presentations and discussion with Michigan’s legislative leaders and top DHS Administrators; lunch with legislative leaders in the Capitol; and scheduled legislative visits. Be sure to include your staff and board members as you plan to attend this dynamic day of advocacy!
Sign up online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/membercapitolday2010

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

State launches campaign to recruit foster and adoptive parents

State launches campaign to recruit foster and adoptive parents
By Kyla King The Grand Rapids Press April 28, 2010

g0428-tammy-schnydersjpg-e8383cef23657c9f_large.jpgFor anyone thinking of fostering or adopting a child, Tammy Schnyders has a message: It might not always be easy, but it is entirely worth it.

Schnyders, who along with her husband, Steve, has been a foster and adoptive parent to more than 25 children in 14 years said the rewards far outweigh the trials.

"I look at my kids and how far they have come from when we first got them, and that's huge for me," said Schnyders, a West Michigan resident and foster parent for Bethany Christian Services.

"What I keep going back to is if they weren't in a good home they might not succeed in life," she said.

State leaders are hoping to find folks who feel the same way when they kick off a statewide campaign today in Grand Rapids to recruit foster and adoptive parents.

"You don't have to go to China to adopt a child or to be a foster care parent," said Ismael Ahmed, director of the Michigan Human Services Department.

Law Enforcement Leaders Say School Reform Bill Can Help Fight Crime

Prosecutor, police chief back early childhood education, dropout prevention programs

fightcrime.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2010) -- Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and Mundy Township Police Chief James Petres traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Representative Dale Kildee (D-MI) to discuss opportunities to reduce crime through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Representative Kildee will be a key legislator in the reauthorization of that bill as the chair of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

They said that providing at-risk kids with early education, keeping school-age kids on track to graduation, and reducing bullying, school violence and drug abuse would all have a positive effect on preventing later crime.

“I’d much rather focus our time, energy and taxpayer dollars on effective school reforms than pay room and board for career criminals,” Prosecutor Leyton said. “Public safety pays the toll when kids drop out of school and turn to crime rather than a career or higher education. We need to make sure kids get the right start to their education and stay on track through their school years.”

Research compiled by the anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids also shows that a one-year increase of staying in school reduces murder and assault by almost 30 percent, motor vehicle theft by 20 percent, arson by 13 percent and burglary and larceny by about 6 percent. A study funded by the Gates Foundation found that high school dropouts are eight times more likely to be incarcerated than graduates.

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