Author Archives: Michigan's Children

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Last year 33,970 children were abused and/or neglected in Michigan. April 2014 is federally designated as well as proclaimed by Gov. Rick Snyder as Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to reflect on that sobering number of abused … Continue reading

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Steps Forward, Steps Backward on Michigan’s Responsibility

As we debate public responsibility for many things, there cannot be any argument about our public responsibility for the children who we have removed from their families and placed in the care of the state.  In 2008, a Federal court … Continue reading

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Opportunities Toward Empowerment.

In the last two months as Michigan’s Children’s new intern, opportunities toward empowerment have surfaced as a main theme that permeates the work I have witnessed here. One of Michigan’s Children’s key advocacy strategies is to participate in the education … Continue reading

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Baby Steps Are Good, But Bold Leaps Are Required

We applaud the efforts of the Michigan House of Representatives to re-instate $5 million in their version of the Department of Human Services’ budget to support extended learning options.  These programs provide young people with experiences that cut down on … Continue reading

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Mental Health Coverage: From a Parent’s Perspective

Case studies and personal testimonies have an incredible impact on policy decision-making. This strategy is crucial for many families who are not able to self-advocate or are underrepresented in the process because they are marginalized by poverty, geography, language barriers … Continue reading

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The State of the Union

Last night, President Obama gave his fourth State of the Union address.  As his White House Senior Advisor, David Plouffe, alluded to prior to his address, President Obama focused on the U.S.’s economic recovery by “lay[ing] out … A very … Continue reading

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Welcome to Speaking for Kids!

Welcome to Michigan’s Children’s staff blog, Speaking for Kids. This blog is designed to complement our President and CEO, Jack Kresnak’s, Children’s First column.  We will be using this space to provide timely commentary on issues affecting children and families … Continue reading

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