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"I think our society says we have an obligation to protect kids who are not being protected by their own families," said Mary Jo Sabaitis, Foster Care Program Manager at D.A Blodgett St. John's. "We want to give kids an opportunity to experience life in a way that is functional and healthy." Read more...
Infertility is on the rise, and so are snow babies—children born from the process of embryo donation, a relatively new form of family building thought of as the earliest possible stage of adoption. Read more...
Amber Stranahan has always considered her 9-year-old son, Sully, "an extremely talented young man." But it wasn't until she received support from Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) that she felt truly empowered to ensure that Sully gets the education he needs to develop to his full abilities. Read more...

A Remarkable Legacy

April 11, 2018
What began as a potluck in a church basement has grown into a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for grieving children and their families. Read more...
"For generations, kindergarten was considered the beginning of a child's learning," said Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, founder and CEO of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC). "But that's no longer the case." Read more...
In my Grand Rapids counseling office, I work with a lot of high school students who are doing great in school with classes, grades, extracurricular activities and all the other things that put them on track to get into the college of their choice. Read more...
This is the second of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for. Lesson 2: The differences between a Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and Conservatorship. Read more...
Children mimic the behaviors of those whom they admire most, typically their parents. When kids are young, parents teach them how to eat, dress and wash themselves. These are the mechanics of growing up, but they are not the only learned lessons. Kindness is also a learned behavior. Read more...

The Sex Talk

January 02, 2018
Nearly every family sitcom has an episode about it. There are pages and pages of websites you can scroll through about how to do it right. Every parent has to—or should—do it at some point. It’s the sex talk. Read more...
This is the first of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for. Lesson 1: A hospital emergency room won’t give you a dementia diagnosis. Read more...
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