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CSHCS INFO #3-2018 - MI Family Connections Newsletter Seeking Family Stories

Wed 1/24/2018 4:35 PM

Michigan Family Connections newsletter (a joint publication from the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Michigan Family to Family) is seeking personal stories and/or poems from families of children and youth with special health care needs.

Six stories or poems will be featured in the February 2018 Family Stories newsletter.* The authors of the stories featured in the newsletter will receive a $50 Visa gift card for their submission.** Please share this opportunity with other families by forwarding this email.

Stories should be submitted by February 16, 2018 for consideration.

We are looking for stories of emotion, courage and lessons learned. Stories that highlight the experience of living with all abilities, including your joys, your sorrows and your pride. You may submit your original, unpublished personal story or poem. Below are a few suggested topics:

  • Grief and acceptance
  • Youth or young adult living with a disability
  • Insurance issues
  • Inclusion
  • Transition
  • Sibling or family relationships
  • Family-centered care
  • Newborn screening
  • Mental health
  • Peer-to-peer support

These are just suggestions, please feel free to choose your own topic or submit your own idea. We ask that you please be respectful of others and be sure all opinions and beliefs are stated as your own. If you cite facts within your story, please provide a link to a credible source.

To submit your story, use the link below and submit by February 16, 2018:

Just click on the “Share Your Family Story” link about halfway down the page.

We would love to hear from you. We are inspired by the families we serve. Your story can motivate, encourage and inspire others. Share your family’s challenges and successes. Let us know what’s worked for you, and what hasn’t worked for you. Share your tips and what you would like other families to know.

*Depending on the number of stories received, not all submissions will be used for the special edition. All stories submitted will be shared on the MI F2F Website. **By submitting your story you are agreeing to have it published in the newsletter without additional financial compensation. Your story may be edited as necessary for length and content.


Candi Bush

Director of Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children’s Special Health Care Services

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Office Phone:  517-241-7197

Office Fax:  517-241-8970


Family Phone Line:  800-359-3722


Lewis Cass Bldg, 6th Flr.

320 S. Walnut St.

Lansing, MI 48913