FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 17, 2021
CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Children’s Services Agency is poised to continue the successful reform efforts that have occurred under the leadership of JooYeun Chang, who is leaving for a new position with the federal government.
MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel has announced the appointment of Stacie Bladen as interim executive director for the Children’s Services Agency.
“JooYeun Chang has been a passionate advocate for children and families as executive director,” Hertel said. “She has led a reform of the state’s child protection system that prioritizes family well-being and preventing abuse, neglect and trauma. I am confident that this progress will continue under new leadership. Stacie Bladen has played a key role in our successes as Children’s Services Agency policy and program deputy director. She and her team will make sure that reform efforts continue to move forward.”
Chang’s last day with MDHHS is Friday, Feb. 19.
The Children’s Services Agency oversees the state’s child welfare system, including Children’s Protective Services, the foster care system that serves approximately 12,000 children, adoption services and juvenile justice programs.
During Chang’s nearly two years with MDHHS, with Bladen serving as deputy director of the Children’s Services Agency, the agency has transformed the child welfare system by:
Bladen brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked for more than 25 years in child welfare positions that include foster care, adoption and as a Children’s Protective Services employee. For the past seven years, Bladen has overseen statewide policy and programs across the continuum of child welfare programs. She also worked closely with complaint investigations and system oversight as director of the Office of Family Advocate and earlier in her career worked alongside tribal social services in Montana.
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