Children & Families

About 1 in 5 children in Michigan live in poverty. Bridge will explore the reasons behind this disturbing result and the ideas to address it.

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Judge closes case on Michigan teenager detained for not doing homework

Judge closes case on Michigan teenager detained for not doing homework

August 11, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

The 15-year-old is now free from the court system. In a hearing, an Oakland County judge released her from probation after a caseworker said, “It is best for the family to move forward.”

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

August 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Following an outbreak at a camp, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued another executive order requiring masks for those older than 2. Child care officials say most already were taking similar precautions.

Prosecutors support releasing Michigan girl detained for not doing schoolwork

Prosecutors support releasing Michigan girl detained for not doing schoolwork

July 30, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

Although earlier this year prosecutors pushed for the detention of a Michigan high schooler during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have now repeatedly said they support sending her home to her mother.

Judge won’t free Michigan teen incarcerated after not doing online homework

Judge won’t free Michigan teen incarcerated after not doing online homework

July 21, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

At a hearing Monday, Judge Mary Ellen Brennan denied a motion to release a 15-year-old from a juvenile facility. “I think you are exactly where you are supposed to be,” Brennan said. “You are blooming there, but there is more work to be done.”

Michigan Supreme Court reviewing case of incarcerated teen

Michigan Supreme Court reviewing case of incarcerated teen

July 17, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

Attorneys for a 15-year-old sent to juvenile detention for not doing her schoolwork argued the teenager is not a threat to the community, contrary to a judge’s ruling. Now Michigan’s Supreme Court is stepping in.

Critics demand Michigan #FreeGrace after teen incarcerated for not doing schoolwork

Critics demand Michigan #FreeGrace after teen incarcerated for not doing schoolwork

July 15, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

After a ProPublica investigation, public officials are pushing for the release of a Black 15-year-old sent to juvenile detention after a judge ruled that not doing her online schoolwork violated her probation. A petition has thousands of signatures.

Birmingham student didn’t do classwork, was sent to juvenile detention

Birmingham student didn’t do classwork, was sent to juvenile detention

July 14, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother.  

'End of an era’: American Indian Services closes after 49 years

'End of an era’: American Indian Services closes after 49 years

June 29, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

With American Indian Services closing on July 9, thousands of urban Native Americans in the Detroit area are scrambling to find new options for culture-based care.

Stay home, don’t stay safe. Domestic violence calls up amid Michigan lockdown

Stay home, don’t stay safe. Domestic violence calls up amid Michigan lockdown

April 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s coronavirus lockdown has abuse victims facing a hellish choice: Endure or flee to uncertainty of global pandemic. Many may be sticking it out, as calls for help have increased, but requests for shelter beds and to police are flat.

Separating bunks and no hugs for kids: coronavirus and Michigan’s homeless

Separating bunks and no hugs for kids: coronavirus and Michigan’s homeless

March 20, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

It’s hard to practice “social distancing” with dozens of people in one room. How homeless shelters are trying to protect residents who are already among the most vulnerable to serious illness.

Rural children more than twice as likely to be homeless in Michigan

Rural children more than twice as likely to be homeless in Michigan

July 25, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova

There aren’t enough early childhood education programs in the state to deal with the troubling rate of childhood homelessness, according to a new study. That could have lifelong ramifications.

Gov. Whitmer to Benton Harbor High: Raise scores, balance books or close

Gov. Whitmer to Benton Harbor High: Raise scores, balance books or close

July 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The state of Michigan released details of its one-year extension to the impoverished West Michigan school district. Improve performance of its high school or it will be closed next year and students sent to neighboring districts.   

Teens raped in Michigan prisons can get day in court, Supreme Court says

Teens raped in Michigan prisons can get day in court, Supreme Court says

June 17, 2019 | Ron French

The Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal made by the state in a lawsuit filed by former teen inmates alleging the Department of Corrections didn’t do enough to prevent them from being raped.

Where have all the babies gone? Michigan births lowest since 1944

Where have all the babies gone? Michigan births lowest since 1944

March 11, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

In some counties, there are three funerals for every birth. That’s not a trend that bodes well for the state.

Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

March 7, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A new study finds links between two grim causes of death, but also poses some proven ways to reduce rates

In opioid war, studies urge medication. Michigan clinics push abstinence.

In opioid war, studies urge medication. Michigan clinics push abstinence.

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Slowly, addiction treatment centers in the state are shifting away from old-school abstinence to combining counseling with medication. But experts warn Michigan isn’t moving quickly enough

From opioid-fueled thief to grateful counselor to peers in Michigan

From opioid-fueled thief to grateful counselor to peers in Michigan

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Kyle Hanshaw lied, stole and tricked doctors to get painkillers. Then he found a Bay City medication treatment program that worked.

Pregnant in rural Michigan? Fill up your gas tank for delivery day.

Pregnant in rural Michigan? Fill up your gas tank for delivery day.

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

As rural hospitals close their obstetrics units, many mothers and their babies will pay a price in far longer journeys for hospital care

For some rural mothers, there’s no place like home (births)

For some rural mothers, there’s no place like home (births)

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan midwives deliver hundreds of babies a year at home, an option that may be more attractive to rural expectant mothers with no hospitals nearby

In Michigan emergency rooms, a chance missed in the opioid crisis

In Michigan emergency rooms, a chance missed in the opioid crisis

September 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan lacks ER treatment with an opioid substitute that is saving lives in other states

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