As you go to work on filing your Michigan income tax return, one department in Lansing is hopeful that you will remember to check boxes on your state return designed to help prevent child abuse and help foster teens go to college.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reminds all of us that when we are filing state income taxes we can check those key boxes on the forms to help young people in the state.
The checkoff boxes allow taxpayers to donate $5, $10 or more to those causes. One is to donate to the child abuse prevention efforts of the Children’s Trust Fund and the other is to contribute to the Fostering Futures Scholarship for youth who have experienced foster care.
Those options can be found on both the online and paper versions of the Voluntary Contribution Schedule Form 4642.
JooYeun Chang is Executive Director of the department’s Children’s Services Agency. Chang says, “MDHHS is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, and to supporting youth who have experienced foster care pursue their dream of a college education,” adding, “Protecting and caring for our children is everyone’s business. We appreciate the generosity of Michigan taxpayers who step up to prevent children from being abused or neglected and assist children who have been maltreated in pursuing their higher education dreams.”
The Children’s Trust Fund serves as a voice for Michigan’s children and families and promotes their health, safety and welfare by funding more than 100 local programs and services statewide that help prevent child abuse and neglect, including home visitation, crisis nurseries, parent support/education and personal safety.
The Children’s Trust Fund relies heavily on donations through the state income tax campaign to fund direct service and local prevention programs across Michigan that make child abuse prevention programming possible in all 83 counties across Michigan.
The Michigan Education Trust (MET) is part of the Michigan Department of Treasury and administers the Fostering Futures Scholarship in partnership with MDHHS. Scholarship awards are paid to Michigan degree-granting colleges or universities where eligible students are enrolled to assist with tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies. Close to 13,000 children are in the Michigan foster care system at any given time.
Since 2012, fundraising efforts have totaled more than $1.3 million. In 2019 enough money was raised from the tax checkoff, fundraising events and other efforts to provide scholarships to more than 540 youth.
Michigan income tax forms are available on the website for the Michigan Department of Treasury.
For more information about the Children’s Trust Fund, how to contribute and the tax campaign, you can visit online at: www.michigan.gov/CTF.
For more information about the Fostering Futures Scholarship and how to contribute, go online to this link: www.FosteringFutures-mi.com.