The State Bar of Michigan presented Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice to 11 journalists at the 2015 Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on April 19 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. A photo gallery of the evening is available on the SBM Facebook page.
The first McCree Award went to a Michigan Radio team, including Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Alvarez, and Sarah Hulett. Their series, called "Finding Home: A Documentary about Foster Care in Michigan," investigated improvements made to Michigan's foster care system, which oversees the care of over 13,000 children and has been under federal oversight since 2008. The series of reports introduced listeners to the system by examining the lives of the Kley family, who adopted three foster children. The series also expanded in scope to inform and educate listeners about the difficult situations faced by the children in the foster care system, the role of the law and the courts in the system, a general overview of the state's child welfare system and suggestions to improve it, and legal and legislative efforts needed to update and modernize laws surrounding broken adoptions in the foster care system.