Make Lovely Things: How Michigan womans coloring workbook helps change lives
Growing up, you likely used coloring books for fun but one local woman says they can be much more than just fun. It sounds simple, but a coloring workbook is helping to change lives. My passion in life has always been to use art to help people, said Kim Bonner, CEO of Make Lovely Things. I felt like lovely things kind of encompasses all of those ideas.The company makes and sells thoughtfully designed printed goods with a special mission to give a free courageous coloring workbook to every middle and high school-aged girl in foster care. For each workbook purchased, Bonner donates a book to a young girl in foster care.
Michigan department announces child care reforms after death
Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo has since lost its contract with the state to care for youth in the state’s foster care and juvenile justice systems and had its license to operate suspended. Three former Lakeside Academy staff members face charges of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in Fredericks' death. “When a child does come into care, we need to make that care as family-like as possible. Lakeside Academy had a series of violations of previous restraint rules, MDHHS Children’s Services Agency Executive Director JooYeun Chang said. Chang said following Fredericks' death, the department did a review of every licensed child care facility and looked to see how many in the past two years had even one serious safety incident or repeated safety incidents, with 76 facilities marked and given new guidance and assistance.
Boys in group home hold out hope for adoption during COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT Imagine having 14 boys under one roof during this pandemic all trying to learn, be entertained and keep their hopes up for adoption. The boys at Christ Child House in Detroit have to be resilient. The boys said they miss their outings to places like the roller rink or to a park, but the staff says donations have helped them keep the boys entertained with Lego sets, movies, music and more. Theyre hoping to rebuild the Christ Child House backyard to give the boys more to do and a better place to escape. For more information on the Christ Child House, visit the official website here.
Michigan foster care services facing major obstacles during COVID-19 crisis
DETROIT When they need help the most, foster children could soon end up becoming an unintended victim of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Foster care services across Michigan are facing major obstacles in helping ensure children are safe during the COVID-19 crisis. READ: Coronavirus puts critical link of Michigans foster care system in jeopardyExperts said communities were struggling to find foster parents before the pandemic, but now there are many new challenges. Samiritas, the largest provider of foster care services in Michigan, held a town hall meeting Tuesday to talk about how the coronavirus has affected outreach under Gov. We have to ask ourselves, though, is there hope for the foster care system, especially during this season of isolation? asked Brenda Baker-Mbacke, of CASA For CARE House of Oakland County.
Spectrum Child & Family Services looking for full time Foster Care Manager
FLINT Job TitleFoster Care ManagerCompany NameSpectrum Child & Family ServicesLocationFlint, MIJob TypeFull-TimeJob SummarySpectrum Child and Family Services is expanding and we are seeking a Foster Care Manager to join our team. This position will operate out of our Flint, MI office directly responsible to our Division DirectorResponsibilities and DutiesThe Foster Care Manager will oversee Foster Care services while providing leadership and direction of responsibilities within the foster care unit. Qualifications and SkillsOur ideal candidate must possess a BSW (or equivalent) plus four years experience in foster care, child welfare or other children's services, two years of which were in child-placing agency and two years of supervisory experience in a child welfare setting. Other requirements:Reliable and ongoing transportation to make home visits and provide transportation to youth and families when necessary. Knowledge of strength-based family work, solution focused treatment, wraparound process, child development, child welfare laws, and foster care policies/process.