Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

Our latest Speaking for Kids e-bulletin provides a ‘Watch Party’ guide for the Democratic Presidential Debate in Detroit this week with issues impacting children and families from Michigan’s Children Policy Playbook. Take a look at questions you might pose to candidate campaigns, and follow along with us on social media Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Read it here

Graduation Wake Up Call

High school graduation rates for young people experiencing foster care in Michigan is troubling at best, and a wake-up call for both our foster care and education systems to do better for these young people for whom we hold so much responsibility.

Read our Issues Piece for data and recommendations

Learn from young people directly

Read state budget recommendations being discussed now

Youngest Victims of Opioid Use

In a new commentary published by Bridge Magazine and the Lansing State Journal, Michele Corey draws attention to the need to stabilize families suffering from substance use disorders as numbers rise in abuse and neglect cases of children.

Read the opinion piece here

Join us in sharing your ideas and recommendations for better prevention practice




In our pledge to make it as easy as possible for people like you – parents, family members, neighbors, teachers, health care and other service providers, business and faith leaders – to raise their voices with elected officials through this legislative session, summer work is upon us.

TAKE ACTION on you PLEDGE to Make Kids and Families a Priority in 2019 TODAY!

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We can make change happen. We can use local and state level policy advocacy to improve our communities. By joining us in the fight for public policies made in the best interest of children, youth and families with the most challenges; we can ensure that all children have the supports they need to succeed in school and in life.



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.

Who We Are

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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