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A recent study found abuse in one in three foster homes, a rate consistent with other independent studies, and a much higher rate than reflected in official statistics.

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Michigan CPS News Archive

Michigan News Coverage

by Bob Unruh

Young child tests free of sarcoma, but officials demand 'standard' procedures

A hearing is scheduled before the Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday in a fight by the state Department of Human Services to forcibly administer more cancer-causing drugs to a child who was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, but following an earlier round of treatments has been declared either "in remission" or cured. The case could be a foreshadowing of the decision-making process that soon will become mandatory under Obamacare...

July 10, 2012

by Sarah Alvarez

Michigan's foster care system is huge, the sixth biggest in the country. So many kids in the system were being abused, neglected or just forgotten about under the state's care that a group called Children's Rights sued the state to force it to change.

Williams knows somebody needs to step up and be there for kids who need love, and guidance. The state for too long, was not stepping up. So when the state got sued the court said it has to do much more to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect in foster care. For example it will have to move kids out of the system faster and try to get kids a permanent placement-like an adoption or something close to it-within a year. That might keep kids from having to go through what Williams did. She lived with five different families before she was seven years-old and lived in several more placements after that.

July 3, 2012

On Tuesday, representative John Conyers Jr. introduced the "Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act of 2012," a law that will place foster children in the care of willing and capable relatives.

The act was spearheaded by Dearborn residents Rehab Amer and Ahmed Amer, whose children were placed with foster parents of a different religion and background, when the state suspected the couple over the accidental death of their 2-year-old son Samier in 1985.

July 1, 2012

by Ray Kisonas

In 2006, a 17-month-old girl was beaten to death and a Monroe woman eventually was convicted of the toddler's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In the years since the death of Gracie Simmons, her mother, Holly Preston, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monroe County Child Protective Services claiming the agency did not do enough to protect her child from Sonya Moussaed, the convicted murderer who was the child's father's girlfriend at the time.

June 30, 2012

by Ruth Moon

A Michigan man has pledged to donate as much money as it takes to build a 40-bed children's home on the Pine Ridge reservation.

The home, which will likely cost nearly $1 million, would play a key role in addressing reservation foster care needs, officials involved with the project said. The Gather Our Children Home would house children up to 12 years old in emergencies.

June 29, 2012

U.S. Congressman John Conyers will be introducing the Federal Amer Act Bill in Washington this week.

The bill was originated by Ahmed and Rehab Amer, two local Dearborn residents who were estranged from their children after they were put in foster care by Child Protective Services, following the accidential death of their two-year-old son Samier, who fell in the family's bathtub and fractured his skull in 1985. The bill, which was already passed in Michigan in 2010, will allow children who are taken away by Child Protective Services the right to live with other family members, instead of being exposed to different environments that could differ from their upbringing. Another highlight of the bill includes keeping the children within the same religious enivornment that their parents had practiced as well.

June 22, 2012

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that establishes stricter guidelines for placing children into emergency custody.

Snyder says in a release the law signed Tuesday ensures that only children facing "substantial risk of harm" or without other arrangements will be placed into foster care.

June 13, 2012

by Getting the Right Health Services

LANSING, Mich. - Obesity is a serious epidemic in Michigan, which has been named one of the top 10 heaviest states in the nation. The state health department says 32% of adults and 17% of kids in Michigan are obese.

Healthy behaviors are: maintain a healthy diet, engage in regular exercise, get an annual physical exam, and avoid all tobacco use. The four health measures are body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood sugar/glucose level. The State Health Department says, the 4 x 4 plan, "not only allows Michiganders to take personal responsibility for their health, but also significantly increases life expectancy, reduces the chances of disability, and improves overall quality of life."

June 4, 2012

by Melanie D. Scott

Matilda Brown Gardner began crying as her attorney, Robert Kinney, told a jury Wednesday that she was not responsible for the abuse that led to the death of her 4-year-old nephew and that she, too, was a victim of abuse.

Kinney said it was Brown Gardner's husband, Randy Gardner, who beat, handcuffed and withheld food from Robert Byrd and his brother Anthony Jr., 7 -- which eventually led to Robert's death from malnutrition and neglect in May 2011.

May 24, 2012

by Robin Erb and Lori Higgins

WEST BLOOMFIELD - Charges could come today in the case of a slain 17-year-old. Jonathan Hoffman died after he was shot inside his grandparents' condo in West Bloomfield. His grandmother, whom police have not named, was taken into custody.

Her attorney, Jerome Sabbota, said Sunday that investigators have turned the case over to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. Sabbota said Saturday that his client fired the gun because "she was afraid." Even in a case of self-defense, Sabbota said, prosecutors will file charges for a jury to consider.

May 21, 2012

Homeschooler Philip Huang, a 6th grader from South Lyon, will be among 54 of the nation's brightest young geography brainiacs participating in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee, held May 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

Homeschooler Philip Huang, a 6th grader from South Lyon, will be among 54 of the nation's brightest young geography brainiacs participating in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee, held May 22-24 in Washington, D.C. The top 10 finalists from the May 22 preliminary round will each win $500 and advance to the final round on May 24, which will be moderated by "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

May 17, 2012

The featured question this week: I have headaches a few times a week. They start in the neck, and I usually wind up with a headache by the evening. Is there anything I can do?

As a chiropractor, I see this type of headache a lot. Tension headaches usually begin with some tension in the neck and shoulders and by evening, the tension turns into a headache that is oftentimes at the base of the skull. Unfortunately, a lot of our daily activities are going to predispose many of us to getting these type of headaches.

May 16, 2012

by Ryan J. Stanton

Eleven-year-old Marcos will have been in foster care for two years in June, while his mother remains in a federal detainment facility in Texas for being in the country illegally.

Already previously deported once, Gloria, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was charged with felony re-entry when she came forward seeking custody of her son. Marcos had been placed in foster care after being abused by his father here in Washtenaw County. When Gloria found out, she set out to reunite with her son.

April 15, 2012

by Jacob Sullum

A Michigan prosecutor recently concluded that Crawford County Sheriff's Deputy John Klepadlo was justified in using deadly force to stop a man who lunged at him with a knife.

Although a state police investigator wanted to charge Klepadlo in connection with the February 3 shooting in Grayling, Roscommon County Prosecutor Mark Jernigan, whom the Michigan Attorney General's Office asked to review the case, said Klepadlo responded appropriately to a potentially lethal threat...sounds reasonable, until you learn the circumstances of the shooting, which make it seem not quite so justified.

March 30, 2012

by Midwest Communications Inc.

DAYTON - A former Southwest Michigan man is one of a number of people under investigation for child neglect and abuse after Child Protective services discovered a home ...

Reports claim some of the children were tied to their bed, and had never gotten medical treatment. Child Protective Services spokesperson Gwen Carter says a March date has been set for a custody hearing. The children are in foster care.

February 25, 2012

by Heather Catallo

Imagine not being allowed to adopt a child you had raised since birth. That is what some same-sex partners are facing. Michigan is among a handful of states that still offers no legal protections for gays and lesbians.

A local lesbian couple has been raising three children since birth, kids who otherwise would have been in the foster care system. One of the women adopted one child - while the other woman had to adopt the other two - that's because the law in Michigan won't let them jointly adopt all three kids. And they're hoping this lawsuit will change the lives of children all over Michigan.

January 23, 2012

by Cheryl Roland

In his State of the State address yesterday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder singled out a Western Michigan University program for praise, triggering a round of applause in the Michigan House chamber at the state Capitol.

The WMU program is one that focuses on young people who have aged out of foster care and need support--the kind that families usually provide--to be successful in college. "I want to give special recognition to WMU, which is already providing support for 141 young adults in this age group through the Seita Scholars program," Snyder said.

January 19, 2012

by Jenny Lancour

ESCANABA - Previous acts of violence by an Escanaba woman - accused of seriously abusing her baby - will be allowed to be presented as evidence of domestic violence during her trial in March, the court decided Friday.

Angel Dawn Micheau, 21, accused of first-degree child abuse, is scheduled to go to trial on the 15-year felony March 12-15. Micheau was arrested on Oct. 21, 2011, for child abuse stemming from an April 11, 2011 incident involving burns on her three-month-old daughter. Her daughter is now one year old. The charge accuses Micheau of knowingly or intentionally causing serious physical harm - partial thickness burns - to the victim. The burns were allegedly caused by exposure to scalding water or steam, according to court records.

January 16, 2012

LANSING - Impression 5 is offering education programs entitled "A Science Workshop Series and Science of Toys" designed for homeschool students:

The Homeschool Science Workshop Series, Science of Toys, will introduce homeschool learners to scientific principles through interactive experiments. In this program, hands-on activities, students will go beyond playing with toys and games to discover what makes them exciting.

January 15, 2012

by Op-Ed by Congressman Ron Paul

Maryanne Godboldo, a mother in Michigan, noticed that pills prescribed by her daughter's doctor were making her condition worse, not better. So Mrs. Godboldo stopped giving them to her. That's when the trouble began.

When Child Protective Services (CPS) bureaucrats became aware that the girl was not receiving her prescribed medication, they decided the child should be taken away from her mother's custody on grounds of medical neglect. When Ms. Godboldo refused to surrender her daughter to the state, CPS enlisted the help of a police SWAT team! On March 24 of this year a 12 hour standoff ensued and young Ariana was taken into custody.

January 13, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - A Deerfield man has been named to a statewide leadership position in the Michigan DepartĀ­ment of Human Services.

DHS Director Maura Corrigan has appointed Terry Beurer as the new director of field operations for the DHS. He has served as acting director for the past six months, according to a news release.

January 12, 2012

by David Harris

FLINT, Michigan -- Defense attorney James Piazza hammered away at Corrine Baker's credibility this morning during cross examination in the Brandon Hayes trial.

Hayes is accused of beating to death Baker's son Dominick Calhoun, 4, in April 2010. Piazza questioned about her past drug use and her dealings with Child Protective Services. "It seems as if whenever CPS gets involved, there's an accusation of the person living with you being violent with one of your children," said Piazza. He also questioned why Baker didn't go to the police.

January 12, 2012

by Thomas Berman

(Video Report) Little did family members know that the technique that seemed to open their daughter's world would provide fodder for an aggressive police investigation that nearly tore the family apart.

The story of the Wendrow family's agonizing ordeal began with hope. Diagnosed with autism at age 2, their daughter Aislinn was severely disabled -- so much so that she couldn't communicate. But in 2004, the West Bloomfield, Mich. family thought the girl had experienced a breakthrough: a technique called facilitated communication seemed to allow Aislinn to communicate what she was thinking.

January 5, 2012

by Eric T. Campbell

DETROIT - A recent court ruling assured that the Godboldo family will be intact and together for the holidays.

But the Wayne County Prosecutors office will continue to appeal the court's position that 13-year-old Ariana Godboldo was illegally taken from her home by Child Protective Services.

December 30, 2011

College tuition certainly isn't cheap, which is why the Kresge Foundation just awarded a $700,000 gift to the state for a new three year program to help kids in foster care go to college.

Western Michigan University already has a similar program in place, that's one of the largest such programs in the country, providing 140 foster students with tuition and support services through the John Seita Scholars program.

December 5, 2011

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