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MCC Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Faith Based Child Placement Legislation

Michigan Catholic Conference released the following comments this afternoon after the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation with bipartisan support, House Bills 4188–4190, that recognizes diversity in child placement and protects the right of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to operate according to their religious mission: “We are grateful to the House for passing this legislation and now encourage the Senate to address these important measures soon,” said Tom Hickson, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. “Securing diversity in child placement and protecting religious liberty rights for faith based agencies will move children out of the foster care system.” Read more…

Audio: MCC Staff Discusses Legislative Issues with Michigan Radio Network

On Tuesday, March 3 Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Tom Hickson and Director of Communications Dave Maluchnik spoke with Rob Baykian of Michigan Talk Radio regarding legislation of interest to MCC. Among those topics discussed for the “Capitol Pressroom” radio program include the State of Michigan budget, the proposed merger of the Departments of Human Services and Community Health, the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking, religious liberty and human life policies. For more information about MCC’s advocacy priorities for 2015–2016, take a moment to read the Conference’s latest FOCUS publication “A Blueprint for the Common Good.”. The interview lasts approximately twenty minutes and can be heard by clicking on the audio file…

The Word from Lansing Column: Policies Offer Increased Opportunities for Michigan Students

Already during the 2015–2016 legislative session, several of Michigan Catholic Conference’s education initiatives at the state and federal level are receiving attention from lawmakers. These measures include the Tuition Grant and Tuition Incentive programs, dual enrollment opportunities, and the federal Student Success Act, a reauthorization of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. The Word from Lansing column for March takes a closer look at these policies and their impact on students. It critical that policies continue to be supported and pursued that benefit all children, regardless of their geographic location or family income level. Read more…

Adoption Legislation Good for Kids, Diversity in Child Placement

Child placement legislation that passed out of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee this morning is in the best interest of vulnerable children and will help to secure a wide network of faith-based and secular providers in the state, Michigan Catholic Conference stated today regarding House Bills 4188-4190. According to Tom Hickson, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy: “This legislation helps to preserve diversity in child placement and ensures children are of first and foremost concern. Solidifying the state’s long-standing relationship with faith-based child placement agencies will result in more providers, which means more placement of foster children into ‘forever families.’ Read more…

MCC Urges House Committee to Support Conscience Rights in Child Placement

Protecting faith-based child placement agencies in Michigan will benefit children, help to ensure diversity in adoption and foster care and solidify the long-standing relationship between these agencies and the state, Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) testified this morning before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee in support of House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190. “Supporting diversity in child placement protects the presence of faith-based entities, which in turns guarantees more placements and moves more children out of the foster care system,” said Tom Hickson, MCC Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. Read more…

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