Michigan foster care system

Seita Scholars Program courtesy photo

A winter coat? Boots? An umbrella? Sheets? Toothpaste? Things we take for granted. Not so for former foster youth starting college, says Ronicka Hamilton, director of Western Michigan University's Seita Scholars Program that helps these students succeed at Western. The program, which just graduated its 100th student, is now collecting items for the new round of participants. On today's WestSouthwest current affairs show, we revisit the Seita Scholars Program. It turns 10 years old this fall. (Click on icon to hear the show.)


Family and Children Services

Family and Children Services CEO Rosemary Gardiner says their facility has to expand to accommodate changes in child welfare and youth development programs. 


Western Michigan University

The report by the Michigan Race Equity Coalition finds minority children are more likely to live in families investigated for abuse and neglect. 

Report uses Department of Human Services data from 2013

Report tracks the first half of last year. Progress was shown in some areas, including the number of youth waiting to be adopted