Last Update: January 6th, 2013
Congress Passes Key Fos2013 started with both houses of Congress passing a bill focused on improving the educational outcomes of foster youth.
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA), submitted by the bi-partisan co-chairs of both the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and the Senate ...
Last Update: August 16th, 2012
SHY (Safe Homes for Youth)
Youth age-out of foster care when they turn 18 without a permanent family. Often this means that they have been moved from foster home to foster home or even placed in residential care because there is a severe shortage of foster parents that wi...
Last Update: June 22nd, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and a coalition of child welfare advocates and experts have joined to issue "Recommended Practices to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living w...
Last Update: May 25th, 2012
The Parenting Awareness Michigan Steering Committee is seeking workshop proposals for their 20th Annual Parenting Awareness Michigan Conferences to be held in the fall of 2012. Please see attached.
The PAM Conferences are geared for professionals and volunteers who work wit...
Last Update: April 10th, 2012
Foster youth in Michigan can now tap into service until they are 21 under a long-awaited Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care program.
The initiative — made possible after changes in federal law in 2008 and state law passed last year — allows foster children to voluntarily remain...
Last Update: April 6th, 2012
Building and maintaining credit is vital to a successful transition from foster care. Information on credit reports is used to evaluate applications for credit, employment, insurance, and renting a home. On September 30, 2011, the Foster Youth Financial Security Act was passed to assist youth age...
Last Update: March 27th, 2012
DETROIT - A national program will make low-cost loans to buy or repair pre-owned vehicles available to low- to moderate-income working families in the Detroit area.
Matrix Human Services and Spectrum Child & Family Services will administer $6,000 car loans and $1,500 repair loans to f...
Last Update: March 20th, 2012
DETROIT, MI - United Health Organization (UHO), the non-profit group that coordinates community-wide health screenings, announced its spring 2012 event schedule this week. This year's expanded schedule features a wide array of new tests at 45 sites in seven Michigan counties. Project Healthy Livi...
Last Update: March 20th, 2012
The new DHS toll-free Central Intake hotline – 855-444-3911 – for reporting abuse and neglect of children and adults launched statewide on March 6.
Last Update: February 8th, 2012
The Michigan Supreme Court has adopted MCR 3.616 to implement the judicial action requirements of 2011 PA 225, the Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act, MCL 400.641 et seq.
Yesterday’s adoption of the new court rule makes the Department of Human Services eligible for federal fundin...
Last Update: January 20th, 2012
The Detroit College Promise is excited to launch the Detroit Education Network. The purpose is to create networking opportunities for those interested in promoting K-12 public education in Detroit.
They plan to hold quarterly lunch meetings for one hour, to briefly pr...
Last Update: October 20th, 2011
Why is the problem of violence against children so much more acute in the US than anywhere else in the industrialised world, asks Michael Petit, President of Every Child Matters.
Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes...
Last Update: October 10th, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Dee Saint Franc left the Rhode Island foster care system eager to start life on her own. But when she tried sign up for cable and Internet at Verizon, she learned that breaking free from her past wouldn't be easy.
A customer service representative told Saint Franc that...
Last Update: October 10th, 2011
The new promotional video, highlighting SOCC and the Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care, emphasizing the need to assist youth in foster care can now be viewed at our YouTube Channel:
Last Update: September 23rd, 2011
Dear Save Our Children Coalition supporters,
Please take the time to contact members of the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors as well as your our House Representative asking for their support of House Bills 0435-0440, "The Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act" w...
Last Update: August 29th, 2011
Huntington Woods resident Gilda Jacobs was among four Detroit-area women named "Feminists of the Year" by the Wayne County chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Jacobs received the Loretta Moore Award for consciousness-raising on behalf of women Friday during Wom...
Last Update: August 25th, 2011
See the report published by fosterconnections.org on the rate of youth aging out of foster care in 2010.
Click HERE to download the PDF report.
Last Update: July 20th, 2011
You may qualify for residency at Spring Lake Village if your income falls within the allowable limits, you can prove residency in Oakland County (living or working), and meet one of the following criteria as a family or single individual:
· Special Needs
Last Update: April 25th, 2011View Governor Snyder's Proclamation on Foster Care by downloading the PDF.
Last Update: April 11th, 2011
Information worth knowing for current and future adoptive parents!
The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is refundable for the first time; this credit allowed you to get a cash credit even if you owe no taxes. See the article from CNNMoney.com and check with your tax preparer!
Last Update: March 28th, 2011
Bills Could Streamline Adoption Process For Foster Care Children
There could soon be a faster way for foster parents to legally adopt children in their care. The Michigan Department of Human Services is urging lawmakers to approve bills that would give more people authority t...
Last Update: March 16th, 2011
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Visit the 2011 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website to help you prepare for Prevention Month in April. You'll find the latest resources and outreach materials on engaging communities and strengthening families.
The site features:...
Last Update: March 15th, 2011
VOICE is designed to ensure that young people in foster care have a way to share their concerns and ideas for child welfare improvement. The first two VOICE documents were developed in 2005 and 2007. In June 2010, sixteen representatives of the Michigan youth Opportunities Initia...
Last Update: March 9th, 2011
I am pleased to announce a pilot project in partnership with Michigan colleges and universities to hire more than 500 highly qualified graduates to work in children*s protective, foster care, adoption, juvenile and home licensing services.
This move is an important step that helps ...
Last Update: February 18th, 2011
Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care Mural Project for Vista Maria
In the cold and dreariness of mid-January, a group of warmhearted volunteers offered their time and incredible talents to transform two family meeting rooms into a backyard filled with Michigan birds and an African ...
Last Update: February 10th, 2011
Poverty, neglect rising across Michigan
Education is more than time spent in school, report finds
LANSING -- While schools are the key to producing Michigan’s next generation of skilled workers, education doesn’t start and stop at the classroom door. A new repor...
Last Update: February 3rd, 2011
Educational Excellence in Action tutorial program sponsored by Vanguard Community Development Corporation is seeking qualified tutors for their program. We are looking for tutors that have experience working with children in an educational setting (Schools, After-School programs, etc). Tutors mus...
Last Update: January 29th, 2011
The Gift of Sight Program through Lens Crafters includes a free eye exam and free glasses. Not all Lens Crafters participate, so you have to call and check first. They just need a letter from DHS stating that the child(ren) is in foster care, and DHS’s tax ID number. ...
Last Update: January 25th, 2011
Wayne, Oakland and Macomb residents can contact LogistiCare to request a ride to medical appointments at 866-569-1902. All rides must be for a medical appointment or dialysis treatment. YOU MUST CALL AT LEAST 2 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE You need to have your Medicaid ...
Last Update: January 12th, 2011
In December 2010, PBS premiered "Telling Our Story," a program that explored foster care in Michigan, telling the story of foster care from the point of a view of an adoptive parent, a foster youth, and from a woman who had aged out of foster care.
PBS now offers the progra...
Last Update: January 7th, 2011
Governor Rick Snyder announced that Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan will serve as Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services. She will also serve as Group Executive for the “People” group, which includes the departments of Human Services, Community Health, Civil Rights...
Last Update: December 30th, 2010
A program called Off The Streets, which is run by Matrix Human Services, is providing homeless Detroit teenagers a place to stay.
The house holds 10 children, ranging from 12 to 17 years old. Most participate in the Off The Streets program for 21 days. Some are referred by their schools o...
Last Update: December 22nd, 2010
Ending a parent's rights to a child does not automatically mean that parent is exempted from financially supporting his or her child, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday.
In an opinion written by Justice Robert Young Jr., the court said the Legislature recognized that parent...
Last Update: November 22nd, 2010
News stories often focus on what has gone wrong in the lives of children raised in the foster care system. The Aylesworth family of Bloomfield Hills is an example of how fine foster care and adoption can have a positive impact on lives of the most vulnerable children in society.
In April ...
Last Update: November 19th, 2010
Description: The Detroit College Promise scholarship program began with the graduating class of 2009 at Cody High School in Detroit, MI.
Number of Scholarships: Unlimited scholarship available - We offer scholarships to all DPS graduates (classes of 2011 and later) who qualify.
Last Update: September 15th, 2010
Genesee County DHS child welfare director Stacie Bowens told members of the Flint media Thursday about a pilot program that provides permanent housing and other supports to young people in transition from foster care to independence.
“I believe that Genesee County DHS, in par...
Last Update: September 6th, 2010
We know that every parent wants to do the best they can for their child and we also understand that being a parent is hard work. Every parent has strengths and challenges that they face. Child Protective Services (CPS) is here to work with you to build on your family’s strengths, and ...
Last Update: February 22nd, 2010
Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm hosted a Feb. 18 ceremonial bill signing event to reinforce legislation that ensures foster children will not be separated from the school they are attending and helps bring Michigan into compliance with federal adoption law.
With primary bill...
Last Update: February 8th, 2010
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Last Update: October 2nd, 2009
Guidelines For Achieving Permanency In Child Protection Proceedings
A resource for anyone involved in child protection proceedings, this comprehensive manual walks the reader through every stage from preliminary hearing to post-termination review.
Each chapter includes:
Last Update: September 22nd, 2009
ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Radio) - The Law School teamed up with Wayne County's Department of Human Services to open up the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy.
The goal is to help keep kids out of foster care by providing free legal aid to at-risk families, like helping a mother get a restr...
Last Update: March 31st, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - In an effort to assist young adults leaving the Michigan Foster Care System, Aquinas College is offering the Fostering Success* Scholarship Initiative. This initiative ensures that two prospective students per academic year will receive scholarships and grants ...
Last Update: December 23rd, 2008
The SOCC website opened December 22, 2008 with content and entries to the resource directory being added daily.
Does your organization work with, or aid, foster care youths in some way? Don't see your organization listed among our resources? Click here to submit your organizat...