- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group that speaks up for struggling Michigan families hopes a Senate hearing in Washington will raise awareness about children placed in group homes and emergency shelters.

A Senate committee is taking testimony on Tuesday on how to reduce reliance on group homes for kids in foster care across the country. In spring 2014, nearly 900 Michigan children were living in a foster home that had more than three kids.

Nearly 200 kids were in an emergency or temporary facility. The numbers come from a court-appointed monitor who is tracking Michigan’s child welfare programs.

Jane Zehnder-Merrell of the Michigan League for Public Policy says the state needs to do more to reduce reliance on large group homes.

The state says it continues to try to recruit foster families.

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