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                                                   Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
                                   200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
  Kinship Korner
2020 Census: It’s Not Too Late to Respond
By: Paulette Porter, Program Manager, Special Initiatives, CareWell Services SW
Family Enrichment Center Regional Resource 3 Team 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey,
Foster Care Navigator Email:
 Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
 We at the Family Enrichment Center, recognize that the
legal issues grandparents are confronted with, when sudden- ly receiving custody of their grandchildren can be confusing and frustrating. Here is some information regarding some options for grandparents under Chapter 15 of the Michigan Child Welfare Law.
Power of Attorney – this is an agreement between parents or guardian and another person granting care and custody of minor children to that person for of maximum period of six months. Parent must then notify court of agreement.
Guardianship – Full or permanent guardianship is con- sidered by the court when it
is determined to be in the best interest of the child for paren- tal rights not to be terminated. When Child Protective Services is involved then DHHS may petition the court. The court can also order support and visita- tion on advise of DHHS. Once a permanent guardianship is established then the DHHS case is closed
Limited Guardianship – requires the consent of the par- ents and is a court sanctioned placement plan for the care and custody of the children
for a maximum of six months. Parents are responsible for support.
Temporary Guardianship – is a court ordered emergency placement during the investiga- tion for a permanent guardian- ship for the children.
The court will require semi
or annual reports on wards depending on the type of guard- ianship.
During COVID-19 we have not had any in-person meetings or activities.
We do have a few tickets for Binder Park Zoo. Please call (269) 660-0449 for availability.
 The 2020 Census is still happening, and it is essential that we count everyone living
in Southwest and Southcentral Michigan, but time is running out. There is still time to quickly and easily respond online, by phone, or by mail now, before census takers begin to visit homes later this summer.
April 1, 2020, should be counted in your household – that includes newborn babies, older relatives or friends who live with you,
Once you’ve responded for your household, do your part to help ensure a complete count in your community by encouraging others in your community to respond to the 2020 Census. Counting everyone in the U.S. requires everyone’s help – by encouraging your community
to respond on their own to the census in a timely manner, you’re playing a big role in
 More than $675 billion in federal funding – trillions of dollars over the next
decade – is attached
and all people regardless of citizenship status. For anyone who relocated due to COVID- 19 before taking the 2020 Census, be sure to respond with the address you would have normally been living at on April 1, 2020.
ensuring a complete and accurate count. One easy thing you can do
is to share information on your social media channels about the upcoming census and why it's so important to respond, by using the hashtag #2020Census.
  Responding to the 2020 Census helps shape your future.
Seniors Count! Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that serve seniors.
Seniors Count! Calhoun County could lose almost $2,000 in funding per year for 10 years for each uncounted person.
Respond online today at, by calling 844- 330-2020 in English (or 844- 468-2020 for Spanish) or in 12 other non-English languages. You can get language assistance online in more than 50 languages and in Braille, large print, and American Sign Language. Learn more at en/languages.html.
Stay Safe From Fraud When Planning for Your Future
By: Liz Lawson Young, Marketing Specialist, CareWell Services SW
While legal documents for finance and health purposes
may be attractive options when planning for the future, they give someone else a lot of authority over your affairs and can be subject to abuse. The person you appoint as the decision maker
for your healthcare or finances should be trustworthy and honest. This person can be removed
to population counts. Communities that are undercounted risk missing out on federal funding for programs including housing, transportation, health care, education, and other social services. That’s why it is so important that we count every person
We encourage you to engage people around the 2020 Census, and to explain why it’s important for you
   in our community – funding for our schools, roads, and senior care depend on it.
and everyone in your community to respond. More people responding to the census means more opportunities to shape the future of your town, city, or state – and the country.
 Seniors Count. You Count. Complete the 2020 Census!
                              The COVID-19
pandemic underscores
the need for accurate
2020 Census data.
Responding to the 2020 Census is a safe and simple step towards helping our communities rebuild after COVID-19. Responding
on your own now – online, by phone, or by mail – makes it
less likely that census takers will have to visit your home later this summer and fall.
CareWell Services Southwest is available to answer any questions you may have about the 2020 Census. Representatives are available through our Senior Resource Call Center, Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm at (269) 441-0930. Call us, we’re here to help!
Remember, everyone who lived in the United States on
     if they do not fulfill their
• Health Care Power of Attorney, which allows you to name someone to make healthcare
Consult with an attorney when preparing a power of attorney, trust, or any legal document giving someone else authority over your healthcare or finances.
obligations or duties. There are several legal
decisions for you when you are
documents that put others in authority over your affairs: • Power of Attorney, which
not able to do so.
• Do-Not-Resuscitate Order,
allows you to appoint someone to manage your money or property (also known as a fiduciary).
which allows you to direct that you do not want to be resuscitated if your heart and breathing stop.

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