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.


Raped and left on the road, she said #MeToo. Jurors said ‘No, not you.’

December 14, 2017 | Kidada E. Williams, Danielle L. McGuire

Michigan has made huge strides testing sexual assault evidence. But even in this era of reckoning, black women are deemed unworthy of rape.

Say her name: Shawana Hall. She is a hero.

December 14, 2017 | Kidada E. Williams, Danielle L. McGuire

Shawana Hall had a troubled life but persevered. She spoke up against all odds.

Price of specialty drugs spikes in Michigan

December 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan multiple sclerosis patients face a looming crisis in how to pay for medications that can cost upwards of $80,000 a year

CHIP health funding for Michigan children in jeopardy

December 5, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

After federal funds lapse for a popular program, insurance for more than 100,000 lower-income children is in limbo.

Flint lead pipe replacement could be jeopardized by CHIP stalemate

December 5, 2017 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan is spending $119 million in children's health funds to remove lead hazards from home.

Are teen prison rapes a violation of civil rights? A Michigan court is about to decide.

November 16, 2017 | Ron French

More than 900 juvenile prisoners have filed suit claiming they were harmed, some of them sexually, while being housed with adult inmates. Their case might never make it to a jury.

Detroit demo blitz linked to rising lead levels in children

November 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

(With map) City’s former health leader charges that officials considered health concerns a ‘nuisance,’ and focused solely on tearing down blighted homes fast.

It’s not just Flint: Michigan lead levels up after long decline

November 13, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

(With new statewide lead map) ‘It’s really unknown why,’ Michigan’s chief medical officer tells Bridge.

Michigan seniors learn they CAN lose their home on a reverse mortgage

October 10, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

For older residents who don’t read the fine print, a reverse mortgage can hold unpleasant surprises.

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

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