The site provides information on a variety of issues important to current and former foster youth, as well as, links to other sites that share information on how to develop supports, find services, get answers to important questions and keep you posted on what's new.The FYIT web site was the result of a recommendation made by the Statewide Task Force on Youth Transitioning from Foster Care in 2006. Over 100 members from public and private organizations that care about improving services to foster youth participated. Youth representatives were part of the Task Force and acted as a lead for each of the six subcommittees that consisted of the State Court Administrative Office, Child Welfare Services Division; the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice; the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Institute; the Office of the Children's Ombudsman; and Children's Charter of the Courts of Michigan.
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- Register for the 2015 Michigan Teen Conference!! The annual Michigan Teen Conference is being held on June 17th and 18th on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. See attached Save-the-Date and keep checking www.michfed.org for more information and registration details.
- We Are What We Eat You Are What You Eat is a food and nutrition program for Kent County youth ages 14-21. Youth meet with a dietician one week, learn how to cook healthy meals another week and exercise on the third week. The goal is to educate youth about overall healthy eating and nutrition.
- Foster Care Transitional Medicaid The process for automatic and manual referrals for the Foster Care Transitional Medicaid (FCTMA) program will be corrected in Bridges April 25, 2014. This will impact applications for eligible youth who are currently leaving the Foster Care program.
- New Foster Youth Support Programs at Seven State Colleges Statewide $800,000+ in contracts awarded to colleges to support higher education for foster youth
- Nominate a DHS Employee for the Mentorship Award Honor outstanding DHS employees who have guided, supported, and promoted the personal and work related development of a foster youth, foster parent, or DHS client.
- Michigan DHS Leading Way with New Foster Care Extension for Young Adults