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Whitmer signs foster care bills into law

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Rick Pluta
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two bills into law Tuesday to better protect children in the foster care system.

Sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Young (D-Detroit) requires state departments to provide an annual report to the legislature with information on foster children in the education system.

“It is a great day for foster youth all across our state. I was proud to sponsor House Bill 4677, which requires more detailed and regular assessments and tracking of youth in care,” Young said.

The second bill, sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Edwards (D-Eastpointe) requires the Department of Education to review educational programs in child care institutions on a more regular basis.

“This package to require regular review and assessment of the educational programs provided in child caring institutions is crucial to ensure every student in foster care is set up for success," Edwards said.

According to Young, the bills will help guide decision-making when it comes to young people.

"I want foster youth to know we are committed to putting them first and to making their lives better, providing them the resources they need for success; we see them and we hear them,” Young said.

Jazmin Anderson is a newsroom intern covering central Michigan for WCMU.