While reading information on family issues in Michigan's legislature, I found articles that were regarding Michigan's Department of Human Services Scandal, aka the insufficient foster care system provided by Michigan. A case was brought to court regarding the improvements that are needed to make Michigan's foster care system more capable of doing its job. The improvements include hiring more staff, hiring a medical overseer, and making it a very high priority to either get children back together with their families or get them adopted by capable and sound foster parents. The reforms are outlined in many articles. For more information, see: www.freep.com/article/20081007/NEWS06/81007054.
While researching these changes, many questions have come to my mind. For example, will this reform be successful with such a short time span (5 years)? Will there be general improvements in child safety? Will legislators enact bills and legislation that promote the improvements that will be deemed by Judge Edmunds? Will the use of a medical overseer be as successful in Michigan as it was in other states such as New Jersey?...
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Jocelyn Cutean serves as Morality and Family policy correspondent for the Michigan Policy Network. She is a first-year student at Michigan State, majoring in Theatre and English. Jocelyn has experience working on the executive board of the Waterford Chapter Coalition for Youth. She has also piloted a grant funded city wide public service announcement entitled, "It Just Wasn't Worth It" which exposes the repercussions of driving while intoxicated. Jocelyn enjoys art of all forms, from writing to performance.