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 […]

White House plans speedy delivery to states of COVID vaccine for littlest kids

BY: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship COVID-19 vaccines to the states as quickly as possible, should the Food and Drug Administration approve an emergency use authorization for kids under 5. White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Wednesday that approval of the specially formulated vaccine would make 18 million young children […]

Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5

BY: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents hoping to vaccinate their young children against COVID-19 will need to be patient, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Wednesday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses, he couldn’t provide a timeline on when the […]


Column: What we are putting our kids through isn’t normal

BY: - January 19, 2022

My son wouldn’t tell you this (or even want me telling you this), but he loves school. He of course loves recess and seeing his friends, but he also loves math, reading and art. Although he complains and drags his feet every morning, he typically cannot wait to jump out of the car and run […]


Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

BY: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

How should you talk with kids about a school shooting?

BY: - December 7, 2021

In the wake of the school shooting at Oxford High School last week, parents and teachers across the state and country are grappling with how to talk about tragedies like this with young kids and teenagers. “The biggest job of the parents will be to listen,” said Sandra Graham-Bermann, professor of psychology and psychiatry at […]


Column: Here’s a proven, immigrant-inclusive policy so more kids have health insurance

BY: - December 7, 2021

Michigan continues to be a national leader in the percentage of kids with health insurance.  The most recent Kids Count data found that 97% of kids are insured in the state compared to 94% nationally. This is due in large part to policy decisions that expand eligibility and improve health care access and affordability, especially […]

More than 10% of Michigan kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten their 1st COVID shot

BY: - November 23, 2021

More than 87,000 (10.5%) of Michigan children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports as of Friday. DHHS is urging parents and caregivers to get their children vaccinated before the holidays. “We know these vaccines […]


Column: Tax changes in Build Back Better are necessary and affordable

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. House passed the Build Back Better bill Friday morning, and there’s much to applaud in this legislation. On top of providing needed help to families struggling to meet everyday challenges like paying rent and putting food on the table, affording child care and preschool, or paying for college, early estimates also suggest the […]