Bill would restore funds for Kent Co. foster care program

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A spending bill that would restore funds for West Michigan Partnership for Children, which oversees the foster care system in Kent County, is making its way through the state Legislature.

WMPC was stripped of its $2 million in state funding after the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic governor couldn’t agree on budget priorities. With the money set to run out in January, the organization was worried it would have to transfer its case load back to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

WMPC announced on Facebook Thursday that restoration bills were in the works, saying it is excited to continue enhancing the foster care system in Michigan.

The bill was OK’d by the Senate and now moves to the House, after which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would need to sign it into law. WMPC said it hoped that would happen next week.

More information about the WMPC and joining its effort can be found on their website.

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