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2nd Annual Jump Shot Your Future

Last Update: March 4th, 2014

The Park West Foundation-Blue Babies and Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative – Education Success Program teamed up to sponsor the 2nd Annual Jump Shot Your Future Event with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The 2nd Annual Jump Shot Your Future Event was held on Saturday, January 25...

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UTTOOLS-College Prep Experience

Last Update: March 4th, 2014

Registration is now open!!!!!! UTOOLS– College Prep Experience (CPE) is an empowering program designed to prepare foster youth for education after high school. Eligibility: Open to all Wayne County foster youth between the ages of 14-20 Location: Sessions are held at the University of M...

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New Website for Foster Closet of Michigan

Last Update: March 3rd, 2014

www.Oakland@fosterclosetofmichigan.org 1-800-554-4966

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Two Michigan-based Foster Care Initiatives Named as National Exemplary Initiatives

Last Update: January 23rd, 2014

Congratulations to our partners at Western Michigan University's Center for Fostering Success and Michigan State University's FAME. Both initiatives were recently named one of the 15 local, state and national youth and family serving initiatives making a critical difference in the lives of youth in...

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Foster Closet of Michigan-Oakland Branch --- Needs Space

Last Update: January 14th, 2014

The Foster Closet of Michigan-Oakland Branch needs space!!!

The Foster Closet of Michigan- Oakland County branch is an all volunteer, tax-exempt, non profit organization ...

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Congress Passes Key Foster Care Education Bill

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 ...

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iFosterHope partners with Icthus Flint to provide housing for aging out foster youth

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...

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Recommended practices for LGBTQ youth in foster care

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...

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Parenting Awareness Michigan Steering Committee - Workshop Proposals

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...

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New program allows foster youth to remain in state care until age 21

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...

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Credit reporting for foster youth.

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...

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Program Helps Detroit Families Buy Vehicles

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...

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Project Healthy Living Announces Spring Schedule

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...

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DHS launches Central Intake call center, hotline for reporting abuse and neglect

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. 

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MSC Adopts New Foster Care Court Rule

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...

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Launch Of The Detroit Education Network

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...

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BBC Report: America's Child Death Shame

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...

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New law protects foster kids from identity theft

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...

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New SOCC / Faith Communities Promotional Video

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:

http://www.youtube.com/user/saveourchildren1

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The Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act

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...

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SOCC Advisory Committee Member Named Among Feminists of the Year

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...

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Number of Youth Aging out of Foster Care Drops

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.

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Housing in Oakland County for Homeless & Special Needs Citizens

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:

· Homeless
· Special Needs

...

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Governor Snyder's Proclamation on Foster Care

Last Update: April 25th, 2011

View Governor Snyder's Proclamation on Foster Care by downloading the PDF.

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Federal Adoption Tax Credit

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!

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Bills could streamline adoption process for foster care children

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...

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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:

...

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VOICE 3 Online

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...

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Michigan DHS to hire 500+ graduates

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 ...

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Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care Mural Project for Vista Maria

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 ...

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Education is more than time spent in school, report finds.

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...

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Educational Excellence in Action Tutoring Program

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...

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The Gift of Sight Program

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.  ...

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Transportation to medical appointments for Medicaid beneficiaries

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 ...

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"Telling Our Story" On-Demand Video at DPTV.org

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...

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Justice Corrigan to serve as new Director of Michigan DHS

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...

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Unique Program Offers Homeless Teens Hope

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...

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Parents without parental rights may still be required to financially support their child.

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...

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Aylesworths expand their loving reach to foster kids

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 ...

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The Detroit College Promise

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.

Sc...

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Housing for Aging-Out Youth in Genesee County

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...

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A Parent's Guide to Child Protective Services

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 ...

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Two-bill package keeps foster youth in school in Michigan

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...

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SOCC partners with GoodSearch.com

Last Update: February 8th, 2010

Search the web with Good-Search.com and shop online by starting at GoodShop.com and you
can support the Save Our Children Coalition!


Powered by Yahoo!, GoodSearch and GoodShop both donate to over 87,000 non-profit s and schools
when you use their websites for your web n...

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Guidelines For Achieving Permanency In Child Protection Proceedings Now Online!

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:
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Detroit Center for Family Advocacy

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...

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Aquinas College offers the Fostering Success Scholarship Initiative

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 ...

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SOCC website goes online!

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...

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