Child welfare system shifts to proactive approach amid pandemic

July 22nd, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things like government agencies and services they provide, including the child welfare system. The way the system had worked previously was reactive. Students spend time in school, they’re watched by adults, adults call in to Child Protective Services if they notice […]

How are kids doing in Michigan? Let’s look at the numbers.

July 1st, 2020 For some of us, tracking the COVID-19 pandemic has become a part of daily life. In a small way, peering over the trackers, maps, graphs and charts can help us feel in control — like we know what’s going on around us and around the world. We all cope in different ways. […]


Michigan organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Michigan organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Michigan Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsMichigan Children’s Trust FundMichigan’s ChildrenNorthern Family Intervention Services, Inc.Seeds for SuccessVoices for Children


Michigan administrative guidance on older youth services

MDHHS Children’s Services Agency issues guidance regarding changes to Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care (YAVFC) and Youth In Transition (YIT) funded housing supports to make services available to eligible youth. Guidance here.