FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Contact: Sydney Smith, Byrum & Fisk Communications, email@example.com, 586-212-3103
LANSING – The Association of Accredited Child & Family Agencies (AACFA) is calling on Michigan lawmakers to make the $2.25 hazard pay increase for direct care workers permanent.
The pay increase, which was enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to expire amid a critical labor shortage facing non-profit, accredited child welfare agencies. These workers provide much needed care to Michigan children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
“Our agencies provide high-quality and comprehensive services — from adoption and foster care to juvenile justice and residential care and other family services — without the same funding as state-run child welfare agencies,” said Judith Fischer Wollack, president of AACFA. “As non-profit agencies, we are competing for talent with state-run agencies, which are able to pay more. We need resources to ensure we have enough talented people to serve the growing needs of children and families in our state.”
The COVID-19 pandemic, along with contributing to the labor shortage, has impacted Michigan’s child welfare system, including causing a pent-up demand that agencies in Michigan will need enough workers to address over the coming years.
“Lawmakers must ensure child welfare agencies are equipped to meet the needs of the communities we serve,” Fischer Wollack said. “AACFA stands ready to work with our legislators to make sure children and families get the care they need to thrive.”