Preface

An earlier version of Child Foster Care in Michigan: A Privatization Success Storywas produced in 1991 under another title by the Michigan Federation of Private Child and Family Agencies and authored by Charles D. Van Eaton and Gary L. Wolfram. Upon examination of that manuscript, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy confirmed its essential findings and felt that the information therein was worthy of updating and providing to a wider audience. At the initiative of Mackinac Center analyst Mark Michaelsen, additional data and insights were incorporated to yield this final version. We thank the Federation for its original work and for its commitment to policies which enhance the quality of life for the children of Michigan.