STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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This special reporting project wrapped up in May 2017. Read more.

Changing the plan to change her future

courtesy Kayla McQuesten

 Every parent knows that raising a child doesn't always go according to plan. Today we'll hear from a mom who's had to change her plans more than a few times to do what's best for her daughter. Click above to hear the story of Kayla McQuesten and her daughter Baya Foster, who live in Belmont. 

McQuesten also runs a Facebook group for Grand Rapids Area Moms

We met her through the Healthy Start program, run by Family Futures in Grand Rapids. 

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter on the State of Opportunity project, based in Grand Rapids. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.