MI Missing Children

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state is looking to find hundreds of missing foster children.

The director of the Michigan Family Independence Agency says he'll announce a plan of action within days. The agency is responding to concerns that it doesn't know the whereabouts of up to 300 foster children.

Gov. John Engler has taken a personal interest in the issue.

Engler's spokesman says the governor told the agency that missing children should be its number one priority.

One idea is to put names and pictures of the children on the state's Web site.

The agency's director, Doug Howard, says the agency hasn't lost children. He says nine of 10 of the missing youths are older than 14. He says many ran away from foster care.

Engler wants more efforts to determine exactly how many children are missing. He also wants ways to better coordinate how missing children cases are handled.


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