I am guessing, as I really do not feel like finding out where he went at this particular moment, that he is doing something with child welfare contracts.
Now, how did I come to this conclusion?
Well, the Madame Maura Corrigan has stepped down as DHS Director after successfully running a game on the federal court monitor that "all is well" in Michigan child welfare.
All is not well, not even close because it seems the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has picked Michigan, under the Madame's leadership, to launch a pilot model for privatizing the entire system of child welfare, or more specifically, foster care. The pilot city is Grand Rapids and it has a long, nasty, sordid history of snatching kids via bible thumping.
When I say "bible-thumping" I specifically mean the
Michigan Legislature just seriously attempted to slam a Bill down the throats of the people under the guise of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This Bill, mirrored from its namesake federal Act, was originally used as the backbone for the Michigan Parental Rights Resolution which was introduced for an Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I worked on the construction of the Bill.
The RFRA federal case was centered on a Child Protective Service case of parents using certain plants with hallucinogenic properties in their traditional, indigenous religious ceremonies. Parenting was transmogrified into a religious belief overnight.
The Tea Party began to take roots as a family economic movement and I was there to witness. It was built off the desperation of parents who had their children legally kidnapped. These families became powerful catalysts for the extreme right wing to, predatorially, push through their
As few may not know, it takes 3/5ths of the States 7 years to have a referendum to amend the Constitution. The Parental Rights Amendment did not survive but RFRA did.
RFRA will take the same course as the Parental Rights Amendment, mark my word. Also mark my words when I say that it just might steam roll the national level and become an Amendment as there are a series of states which have already signed on.
RFRA is not alone in its ride to becoming an Amendment. The Hobby Lobby decision opened the flood gates for legal challenges to "religious freedom" as corporations, legal persons, now have recognized religious beliefs.
Michigan has introduced, sine die, major changes to its Non-Profit Corporation Law. From a quick overview, I see it is now easier for a not-for-profit to set up and transfer to a for-profit.
This got me thinking that timing of the shift in Michigan child welfare leadership is not a coincidence.
Children under the auspices of the state (ie. foster care, residential institutions, juvenile justice, court child welfare cases) are not calculated in the national child poverty numbers.
This is God's economic model to reduce child poverty.