MDHHS working with partners to spend federal dollars to improve outcomes for children placed in foster care
Children and families involved in Michigan’s child welfare system will benefit from $4 million in federal grants this fiscal year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Children’s Services Agency was awarded the funding from the Federal Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments Program. Funds being spent this year will allow the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency to address a number of priorities, including: -Increasing safe and stable placements with relatives. -Reducing maltreatment of children placed in foster care. -Shortening the amount of time it takes to find a permanent home for children in foster care – either through safe reunification with their families or adoption if it’s not safe for them to return home. -Improving Children’s Protective Services responses to reports made to the toll-free Centralized Intake phone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. -Placing a greater share of children in family home settings and decreasing use of congregate care facilities for children in foster care. -Developing a new training curriculum for foster, adoptive and relative parents. MDHHS will work with private partner child-placing agencies from around the state in using the federal dollars to improve the child welfare system. Grants are awarded to states based on their ability to increase adoptions and legal guardianships of children in foster care. The state uses the funds for services related to adoption from foster care and legal guardianship of children in foster care – with a focus on adoptions and legal guardianships for older children in foster care from ages 14 and up, and for preadolescent children ages 9-13.
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