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 Articles of Interest - Gongwer News Service

starMI Gongwer 11-20-02 Child Special Needs Fund Renamedstar

starMI Gongwer 11-20-02 Report to Show Fewer Teen Births, Lower Arrestsstar

 

from Gongwer News Service, 11-20-02
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Child Special Needs Fund Renamed
Gongwer News Service, November 20, 2002

 
A 58-year old fund designed to help children with special needs has been renamed, according to Community Health Director James Haveman.

The Trust Fund for Children with Special Needs has been renamed the Children with Special Needs Fund. The fund pays to help children with particular health needs and their families, and Mr. Haveman said the shorter name would help in efforts to make the fund a household name.

The fund was created in 1944 by gifts from the Dow Chemical Company founds Dr. and Mrs. James Pardee, and is supported by other gifts. Children needing such services as wheelchair ramps, van lifts, therapeutic tricycles, air conditioning and electrical upgrades are eligible to apply for assistance.

Report to Show Fewer Teen Births, Lower Arrests
Gongwer News Service, November 20, 2002

A report being released Thursday will show that the number of teens having children dropped significantly in Michigan during the 1990s as did the number of teens being arrested for violent or property crimes. However, the same study will show that the number of young people dropping out of high school increased during the decade.

The latest edition of the Kids Count in Michigan data book, available from the Michigan League for Human Services, also shows that infant mortality and accidental deaths of children has decreased over the last decade.

However, the report will also show some anomalies, such as while the number of teens giving birth and being arrested has declined over the decade in the most urban counties, it has increased in many rural counties.

The number of teenagers giving birth in the state dropped by a third over the decade, the report will show, from 19,701 live births in 1990-92 to 14,881 in 1998-2000. That decline is twice as steep as the national decline over the decade, according to the report.

Wayne County largely tracked the state's trends, with the number of live births by teens falling from 6,932 in 1990-92 to 4,156 in 1998-2000. Most Michigan counties also showed teen birth rates falling during the 1990s, but in 18 counties, mostly smaller, rural counties, the number of teens giving birth increased or stayed the same. Probably the largest percentage increase was a better than 20 percent increase in Mason County, from 47 births during 1990-92 to 58 in 1998-2000.

During the decade, the report will show that overall arrests of juvenile for property crimes decreased by 38.4 percent, while arrests for violent crimes fell by 42.7 percent.

Again, however, the report shows a split between the largest counties and the smallest ones, especially with violent crimes. While youth crime dropped over the decade in Wayne County-violent crime was down 54.7 percent while property crimes were down by 55.2 percent-crime was up among youths in a number of counties. Arrests for property crimes were up in 11 counties, but arrests for violent crimes were up in 25     arrests of more than 200 percent, with arrests over the decade in Marquette County jumping by 294.3 percent.

The report also showed that the number of high school dropouts increased by 15 percent over the decade.
 

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