Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health Friday notes
October 17, 2014
In this issue
MI-AIMH, MDCH, DHS Develop Policy Revision for Babies in Foster Care
MDCH, Physicians Urge Residents to Vaccinate Against Influenza
MI-AIMH, MDCH, DHS Develop Policy Revision for Babies in Foster Care
Separation from parents or caregivers can be particularly traumatic for infants and toddlers - threatening their emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) announced this week a joint policy statement that calls for child welfare workers to take into account the importance of infants' attachment relationships as they make decisions about foster care or permanent homes.
The state agency and the advocacy group for infant mental health also agreed to best practice recommendations for handling placements of babies.
The policy and recommendations call for mitigating the effects of separation by:
Placing infants and toddlers with foster parents who are interested in adoption if the babies are not expected to be unified with their parents.Providing babies with familiar objects from their homes - such as a blanket, sheet or teddy bear - to ease the transition by providing a sense of security.Providing services by infant mental health specialists as needed.Maintaining connections between foster parents, adoptive parents and the baby if the baby is adopted after developing an attachment to foster parents.
Representatives from DHS, MI-AIMH, the Michigan Department of Community Health and State Court Administrative Office developed the policy and recommendations.
"Scientific study has confirmed that secure and stable attachment relationships provide the foundation for healthy development across the life span," said Deborah Weatherston, executive director of MI-AIMH, an MCMCH member organization. "It is every baby's birthright to experience care that is nurturing and leads to an attachment relationship that promotes social and emotional health. To the extent that we as clinicians and policymakers can support the growth of early attachments through our work with or on behalf of infants and toddlers in foster care, it is our shared responsibility to do so."
In 2013, 32 percent of the children entering foster care in Michigan were under age 3. Infants who are less than three months old when entering foster care remain in care 50 percent longer than older children and are far more likely to be adopted rather than reunified with their biological parents.
MDCH, Physicians Urge Residents to Vaccinate Against Influenza; State Confirms First Cases
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) along with the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), are urging all Michigan residents to protect themselves against influenza and its potentially life-threatening consequences by getting vaccinated. The MDCH Bureau of Laboratories has recently confirmed three cases of influenza, the first identified by the state laboratory for the 2014-2015 Michigan flu season.
One case has been confirmed as an influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus, one as an influenza A(H3N2) virus, and one as an influenza B virus. All are adults and two were hospitalized.
In Michigan, there were three influenza-associated pediatric deaths during the 2013-2014 influenza season, which was a decrease from the seven reported deaths during 2012-2013. However, flu vaccination rates remain low, especially among young adults. During the 2013-2014 season, only 10.1 percent of individuals 18-24 years of age were vaccinated against the flu.
The flu is a contagious and sometimes life-threatening respiratory virus, especially for infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year; vaccination is the first and most important step to protect against the flu.
It is recommended that all residents over six months of age receive the flu vaccination as soon as the vaccine is available to receive the most protection against the virus all season long. However, if you miss getting your vaccine in the fall, remember it is not too late to protect yourself against the virus during the rest of the flu season, which often lasts late into the spring.
For more information about vaccinations in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/immunize and www.michigan.gov/flu. To find a vaccine near you, visit http://vaccine.healthmap.org/.
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