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Articles & Publications About Children/Family Issues – Michigan

  • Adoption Proceedings Benchbook – Revised Edtion Dec. 2009-April 2010 (Michigan Judicial Institute)
    This electronic version of the benchbook includes hyperlinks to statutory law, court rules, and other MJI publications cited in the benchbook's text, as well as direct links to the cross-references noted within the benchbook itself.
  • DHS Rolls out New Hotline Number to Report Child, Elder Abuse (Michigan Radio – 3/5/12)
    Michigan’s Department of Human Services has introduced a more streamlined process for reporting child and elder abuse in the state. It’s one of a series of child welfare improvements the state agreed to make when it settled a lawsuit with New York-based Children’s Rights group in 2008. The agreement required DHS to create a statewide, 24-hour hotline that anyone in Michigan can call to report possible child or elder abuse.
  • Lawsuit: Michigan concealed foster kids' disabilities from adoptive parents (MLive – 9/13/12)
    A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that state adoption agencies concealed foster children's mental illnesses, diseases and disabilities from adoptive parents and then refused to make payments the special-needs kids are owed.
  • Michigan Physicians Must Report Child Abuse
    A new pamphlet that outlines the mandated responsibilities of Michigan's physicians in reporting child abuse in relation to the Michigan Child Protection Law.
  • Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders
    To help families find educational, mental health, and other services for children with emotional disorders as well as to encourage and enhance the public’s understanding and support of these children, their families and the services they desperately need.
  • Michigan Slips in Child Well-Being Ranking (Oakland Press – 7/26/10)
    Michigan’s poor economy is taking a toll on children, particularly when compared with elsewhere in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • MSU to partner with family-service provider (MSU News – 4-4-11)
    Michigan State University has announced a new partnership with, a national firm that will help the MSU community connect with a variety of family care services, including babysitting, senior home care and even pet sitting.
  • Need for Children's Public Health Care Services is Growing (3/2/09)
    Inquiries about public health care services for children are rising quickly as people lose their jobs and private insurance. Patti's Comments: This article outlines a major concern our state is facing and some resources for folks.
  • Program on Children and The Law (Univ. of Michigan Law School)
    Whether you are a prospective student, researcher, policy maker, or practitioner in the field, some of these resources may be helpful to you.
  • Relative Caregiving: What You Need to Know (MSU)
    This guide will provide basic information about resources available if you are caring for related children in foster care. Foster care provides temporary care and supervision for children who are unable to live with their parents. Whether you are a relative caregiver or a licensed foster parent, providing temporary foster care for a child will be challenging. Understanding Michigan’s child welfare system will help you meet the needs of the child(ren) placed in your home.
  • The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) – Michigan Supreme Court
    In 1996, Congress required all states to enact the UIFSA.  In Michigan, UIFSA is now in the statute books as MCL 522.1101 – 552.1901.  This brochure summarizes this Act that allows states to work together in their collection of child-ordered child support.

Organizations & Services About Children/Family Issues – Michigan

  • Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK)
    To empower families raising children with mood, behavior and emotional disorders, by providing support, training and advocacy skills, and collaborating with community partners to improve the system of care for children.
  • ArtsJAM Detroit (VSA Arts of Michigan)
    Offers an opportunity to enhance the learning experience for young people living with disabilities by encouraging creative expression through the arts to develop life enhancing and pre-vocational skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. Students work with professional artists to learn creative processes, in addition to gaining production, management and marketing skills.
  • Association for Children's Mental Health
    A statewide organization of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
  • Beaumont Hospitals- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    An active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). A prestigious international organization, COG is the largest cooperative pediatric cancer group in the world and provides care to 90% of children with cancer in the United States.
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coaltion
    Mission is to raise awareness and mobilize the entire community to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, primarily by our youth.
  • Birmingham Youth Assistance
    Mission is the prevention and reduction of juvenile delinquency, child abuse and child neglect, by providing positive alternatives to children and families who live within the boundaries of the Birmingham School District.
  • Bloomfield SCAMP
    A 5-week summer program that seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disablitites ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area.
  • Bridges4Kids
    Building partnerships between families, schools and communities.
  • Building Better Families Through Action
    A non-profit community organization that promotes healthy families by actively educating, informing and providing tools to parents and the community about healthy parenting as well as the prevention of substance abuse and other destructive behaviors.
  • Camp Forget-Me-Not
    A 2 day camp for children in grades 1-7 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
  • ChildHelp.Org
    A leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
  • Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
    A statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families affected by leukemia, lymphoma and related blood disorders
  • Children's Special Health Care Services (MDCH)
    Resources and general information.
  • Common Ground
    Provides lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths.
  • Como Pediatric Communication Center
    Provides info to help children with speech, language and sensory disorders and offers speech and language therapy as well as occupational therapy in a family centered environment.
  • Detroit Institute for Children
    Care for children with disabilities.
  • Family Support Network of Michigan
    For families who have children with special health needs.
    Mary J. Marin, Executive Director
    3056 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 3-350
    Detroit, MI 48202-6003
    Telephone: 313-456-4381
    Fax: 313-256-2605
  • FAR Conservatory
    Promotes understanding and provides education for children and adults with special needs through therapeutic opportunities in the arts, recreation and leisure that enrich its students, their families and the greater community.
  • Judson Center
    A leader in providing dynamic, innovative and effective solutions to the challenges facing children and families, and adults with developmental disabilities across ten counties in Michigan.
  • Just For Kids Foundation (Northville, MI)
    A non-profit foundation dedicated to bringing smiles to children as they confront their medical challenges. We fulfill wishes which can vary from the security of a support group to vacations for the while family. Our goal is to bring moments of joy by fulfilling the wishes of some very deserving children.
  • Lighthouse of Oakland County
    Provides inspiration and support for people in need as they move from crisis to self-sufficiency.
  • Michigan Alliance for Families
    Provides information, support and education to families of children and adults with disabilities.
  • Michigan Head Start Association
    To promote equal opportunities for all Head Start children, families and programs to succeed.
  • Michigan Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (MiPSAC)
    A nonprofit organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.  Also see their Child Abuse and Neglect Resources.
  • Operation Kid Equip
    Long term vision is a community where every child’s basic needs are met. To accomplish this in the short term we provide free school supplies, books, hygiene and food items for children who are at-risk.
  • Save Our Children Coalition (U of M School of Education)
    The Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care is a branch of the Save Our Children Coalition Project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a collaboration of organizations and community volunteers who work to support and enrich the lives of children and families in foster care.
  • The Miracle League of Michigan
    A charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. There is something about playing the game of baseball that lights up youngsters’ eyes, but for children facing physical and mental challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step. The Miracle League gives these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form.
  • Vista Maria
    Ending the dibilitating cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect begins with helping children achieve academically, providing access to daily living resources and an avenue to develop positive personal relationships.
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
    Purpose is to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.