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Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

This week, we recap our CommunitySpeak tour of the Judson Center and Children’s Center in southeast Michigan, where parents, youth, and caregivers spoke about the essential services that families need to thrive. We share highlights of a recent trek to Traverse City to meet with youth homelessness advocates – don’t forget there’s still time to talk to your legislator before they go back to work!

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Informing the child care conversation

Earlier this year, Michigan’s Children helped the Wayne County Community College District produce a video resource for child care advocates, Community Conversations: The Cost for Care. In this video, former staffer Mina Hong outlines the limitations of the current child care subsidy system and joins others in discussing how we can and must improve that system for families in the state.

Foster Youth Talk Transitions

In early August, we joined the Wayne State Transition to Independence Program for a KidSpeak from young people who have transitioned from the foster care system. Young people praised the Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care program, but asked for smoother transitions and housing support.

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