Message from Secretary Hunter: Advancing Racial Equity

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I want to begin by acknowledging the range of emotions you may be feeling, including anger, confusion, grief, disbelief and numbness evoked by recent events. By now, we’ve all seen the brutal murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis –  officers who are supposed to “serve and protect” the community. We’ve also experienced the painful loss of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and far too many Black lives, just in the past few months.

Siblings Adopted by Out-of-State Family Members

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After spending 948 days in foster care, Christopher Hankins, 5, and De’Andre Porter, 7, were officially adopted by relatives living in Michigan.

Prior to their May 22 adoption, the half-siblings lived in approximately 10 different foster homes. The primary reason for the multiple placement changes was due to the severe emotional and behavioral issues. After approval from the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), the two boys were placed with their great aunt and uncle in Michigan in August 2019.