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    Child Welfare Caseloads in Michigan: The Aftermath of the 2006 Lawsuit

    Background: The Lawsuit

    In 2006, 19,000 abused and neglected children in the custody of Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) were the subject of a federal class action suit (Michigan Settles, 2008). The state of Michigan was being held accountable for the administrative and organizational structure of their Department of Human Services. A national advocacy group from New York, Children’s Rights, Inc., filed a federal class action suit against the state of Michigan on behalf of the c

    Evaluating the 2011 Welfare Reform in Michigan

    Michigan's 2011 Family Independence Program (FIP) reform, known commonly as welfare reform, was implemented in order to reduce the number of individuals and families that became reliant on the welfare program over the years. The state was facing increasingly difficult financial challenges prior to the policy reform and, according to Governor Snyder, could no longer afford to provide long-term assistance to those who are able to work, especially those who had been receiving welfare assistance for

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    Not the Right Time for Welfare Reform

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    Michigan’s Welfare Reform policy has sparked plenty of debate over the past few months, with both sides providing valid arguments for or against the reforms - but while both sides may have sound reasoning, now is not the right time for the new restrictions. /…

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    Pro/Con: Michigan's New Welfare Reform Bill

    The recent welfare reform laws passed in Michigan have caused quite a stir around the state. The acts, Public Acts 131 and 132, limit state-funded cash-assistance for able-bodied people through the Family Independence Program (FIP) to 48 months, with some exceptions. The reform does not include cuts for food assistance, daycare or children's medical assistance. The Department of Human Services also eliminated the “hardship exemption” under the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TA

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    Overview of the Children's Trust Fund (CTF)

    The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is an independent non-profit organization in the state government that provides funding to prevent child abuse and neglect. The program receives funding through charitable donations and grants, which it then feeds in to local programs and services to promote the health, safety and welfare for Michigan’s children and families. It is the only independent, statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in Michigan.

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