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Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

Our newest bulletin gives updates for current actions needed on the state budget and Matt previews what we can expect in the federal budget over the next several months in his Cap Corner. Also included are some of the activities we have been involved with for Foster Care Awareness Month, including several opportunities to bring young people directly into the policy conversation.

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Legislators Pledge Support to Families

Policymakers joined Michigan’s Children at two recent FamilySpeak events focused on family literacy and caregivers in the child welfare system. These opportunities informed our state budget recommendations and other policy priorities for 2017, and lead into work being done in May during Foster Care Awareness Month.

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Continuing to Push Prevention

April was Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, but activities to build support for better investments in what we know works to prevent abuse and neglect continue. Recent Kids Count data show that a decade of disinvestment in prevention is taking its toll with continued increases in child maltreatment. Community efforts around the state need to be better supported by state investment.

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Michigan’s Children identifies opportunities to influence public policies on behalf of children who face the most challenges in life – children from low-income families; children of color; and children, youth and families served by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This includes immediate opportunities to influence public policy debates as well as long-term opportunities to shift the conversations taking place in Lansing and Washington, D.C.

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Michigan’s Children is the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career and their families. Our emphasis is on influencing public policies that close equity gaps and ensure that the children and youth who face the most challenges have the supports they need to succeed in school and life. By working to reform public policy, we improve the odds for all children, and support the work of those who provide services that help individual children overcome the odds.

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Michigan’s Children works to inform you on issues that policymakers are debating and provide active and immediate ways for you to get involved in public policy debates affecting children, youth and their families.

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