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.
Sex and labor trafficking are problems. But the state is left to create laws with no reliable data on the scope of problem in Michigan, or even a common understanding of what constitutes trafficking. Too often, Hollywood fills the vacuum.
A human trafficking court in Washtenaw County is dispensing with assembly line prosecution of prostitutes. Instead, the court identifies whether women have been coerced into the sex trade, and offers them services to begin a new life.
Latino immigrants, including some in the U.S. illegally, were among the last to know about lead in Flint’s water. What is the state’s duty to help hard-to-find residents?
Lead poisoning rates have dropped dramatically in Michigan over the past decade. But in many cities and towns, child exposure rates far exceed those in Flint.
Check out cities across Michigan with high lead exposure rates, as well as rates in your neighborhood
‘Babies having babies’ isn’t the problem it once was. But rates are higher in northern, rural counties, in a state where school districts may opt out of sex ed entirely.
The nation's teen birth rate has been falling since the early 1990s, and Michigan has generally tracked with that drop. But some counties remain above the state level of 7.8 percent of all births.
Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.
Grand Rapids DHS office took the biggest hit, losing 35 workers. That could leave overburdened caseworkers with a heavier administrative load.
There’s work to be done in the resort counties of northern Michigan, but opportunity doesn’t always match the available workforce.
For many unseen residents of northern Michigan, life can be struggle for survival. This is true even for those with jobs, which tend to be seasonal with marginal pay
Food pantries, like their customers, mostly take what they can get.
The homeless are about in rural northern Michigan, John McLintock sets out to find them.
The safety net is anything but secure for homeless children and families across the state. Bridge reviews some approaches that have shown promise elsewhere.
Runaway and unaccompanied teens navigate a treacherous world
A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.
Brenda Greenhoe scours abandoned garages and backwoods lots in rural counties, bringing adrift children to school.
Is it better to keep low-income students together despite poor test scores? Or do they benefit from learning alongside middle-class children?
Rural communities face a tsunami of modern ills, from fading economies to children who can’t wait to leave. You can help Bridge document the hardship (and joy) of rural life.