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.


Reverse mortgage 101. Know the risks.

October 10, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Reverse mortgages can be a financial lifeline for seniors on the budget. But slick promotions have often hidden the risks. Bridge explains the basics.

Daniel Caracheo: He was in chemistry class when his world collapsed

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Daniel Caracheo, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers." 

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Monserrat Velazquez, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers." 

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Juan Palacios, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers." 

Juan Paulos Palacios: Whatever happens, he’s grateful for time in USA

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Juan Paulos Palacios, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers."

Michigan's dreamers: Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Denis Martinez, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers."

Michigan ‘Dreamers’ feel whipsawed by Trump’s waffling on DACA (slideshow)

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The stories of young immigrants in one Michigan community

Northern Michigan’s 'Disability Belt' now rivals the Deep South and Appalachia

April 11, 2017 | Chad Selweski

Rural counties across a band of northern Michigan have disability rates up to 18 percent, with little hope these former workers will return to jobs. Experts are trying to reverse the trend.

Interactive map: See how many are on disability in YOUR community

April 11, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Across the northern Lower Peninsula, high poverty and unemployment often are accompanied by high rates of residents receiving disability checks.

In Detroit, only a mighty few can open new charter schools

April 6, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The NAACP urges a moratorium on new charter schools. A new law, though, already limits their growth in Detroit.

Abused as a small boy. Now what?

March 14, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A new statewide program aims to intervene with children exposed to drugs or violence to help them become healthy, capable adults

A Mexican immigrant’s past was no big deal in California. But deportable once he moved to Michigan.

February 24, 2017 | Sandra Svoboda

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether the man, convicted of having sex with his underage girlfriend, should be allowed back into the U.S.

Soaring pneumonia deaths in Genesee County likely linked to undiagnosed Legionnaires’, experts say

January 26, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Pneumonia was blamed for 177 deaths over two years. Experts say Legionnaires’ was likely the culprit in some of the deaths, but patients were never tested. The county is now requiring such testing.

Revision to ‘Kevin’s Law’ means quicker treatment for the mentally ill

January 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

With about 300,000 Michigan adults with serious mental illness, the changes allow judges to order outpatient treatment more quickly, before a crisis 

At 17, living in a tent by the river

January 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Homeless off and on since he was 17, he’s slept in a van, stayed with relatives, in shelters, in abandoned buildings, and lately, in a tent in several spots along the Grand River.

Homeless student, meet volunteer family. Now, graduate.

January 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

An innovative program in Lenawee County has drawn national attention for getting every last homeless student through high school, with most advancing to post-secondary programs.

Fewer homeless veterans. More homeless children in state.

January 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A 10-year plan to end homelessness in Michigan has failed families and children, even as the number of homeless veterans and people using shelters has fallen sharply.

One year later, a brighter holiday for homeless EMU students

December 19, 2016 | Kaela Theut

Last Christmas, Ramone Williams was living out of a van. Today, he’s a college graduate with an office job, and the inspiration for a communitywide effort to help the homeless.

How Michigan ‘games’ the welfare-to-work system

December 8, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan is among states that spend the lowest percentage of welfare dollars on services intended to help struggling people rejoin the workforce. Its strategy: Finding creative ways to relabel other budget items as welfare spending.

For most students, the nurse won’t see you now

September 29, 2016 | Ron French

Michigan has fewer school nurses than almost any state. Some districts are getting creative to try to solve the problem