As the GOP ramps up anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, advocates worry about the toll on kids

BY: - September 23, 2022

As attacks on LGBTQ+ people have begun to harmonize toward a pre-election crescendo, state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) had had enough. In fact, he’d had more than enough.  Taking the floor of the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, Moss blasted a GOP-sponsored resolution condemning teacher training videos from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), which have […]


Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]


Column: If anti-trans lawmakers got their way, I might not be alive today

BY: - August 25, 2022

In states across the country, small-minded lawmakers are pushing cruel, vicious new bills targeting transgender children. These bills threaten to ban everything from medical care to even acknowledging the existence of trans people in the classroom. Many threaten parents and medical providers with prosecution. And all of them put the lives of young trans people […]


Column: The new Kids Count report underscores longstanding health needs in Michigan

BY: - August 16, 2022

At the Michigan League for Public Policy, we have been working since 1912 to improve public policy, including working on health care services, access and affordability. And this has been a big week for health issues and related data in Michigan.  On Aug. 8, the latest national Kids Count rankings were released by our partners […]

Despite doctors’ pleas, most kids under 5 aren’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19

BY: - August 10, 2022

It’s been nearly two months since the federal government approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, but an overwhelming majority of Michiganders in that age group are still not vaccinated. According to the state, as of Aug. 3, less than 4% of children under 5 in the state have received one dose of the […]

Michigan remains in bottom half of states for child well-being

BY: - August 9, 2022

After seeing a small improvement last year, Michigan children remain in the bottom half of states when it comes to their well-being. That’s according to several indicators in the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 50-state report of recent household data analyzed how children and families […]

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Diseases may return amid decrease in childhood vaccinations, family physicians warn 

BY: - August 8, 2022

As a new school year is about to begin, physicians from across the state on Monday encouraged families to vaccinate their children to prevent the spread and return of diseases like measles, mumps and polio.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a national decrease in childhood and adult vaccinations. This trend […]

Here’s how COVID-era policies bolstered economic security for Michigan children

BY: - July 29, 2022

COVID-era policies lifted many Michigan families with children out of poverty and helped them secure affordable housing, according to a new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), a Lansing-based think tank.  Now advocates are worried about what it will mean for children in the state if those extra resources end.  The new […]


Column: COVID is causing more Type 1 diabetes in kids, who will be saddled with high insulin prices

BY: - April 29, 2022

As nurses, my husband and I witnessed truly awful and devastating things treating patients on the frontlines of this pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19. Among those millions of people living with long-term health impacts […]

Advocates rally to raise awareness as almost 25,000 Michigan children were abused in 2021 

BY: - April 26, 2022

Around 200 advocates flocked to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, planting pinwheels in the ground across the city afterwards as part of the 14th annual event hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund. More than 16,000 complaints of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Michigan in […]


Susan J. Demas: How many LGBTQ+ kids’ lives are worth Republicans winning the 2022 election?

BY: - April 4, 2022

On June 26, 2015, my family watched the U.S. Supreme Court hand down the Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage, and I may have cried. Neither of my kids were out at the time and didn’t think it was a particularly big deal — why wouldn’t you be allowed to marry who you love? […]

Homeless kids would have safer options under Michigan legislation

BY: - March 14, 2022

Legislation that aims to provide a “safe harbor” for homeless Michigan children has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. House Bill 5756, sponsored by state Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren), would provide a “safe harbor for youth” for up to 72 hours with or without parental consent. The measure, introduced on Feb. 15, also seeks to […]