A state agency is bypassing state attorneys and paying a private law firm $558 an hour in an aggressive effort to try to end court oversight of Michigan’s child welfare system.
A Wayne County Judge has dismissed charges against a Detroit mother who fired a warning shot at police back in 2011.
The new model will establish statewide metrics to measure whether an agency is meeting a child’s needs. An agency’s future funding will depend on its performance.
The Michigan Human Services Department said a report shows improvements in the state’s child welfare system, while a group that sued the state says the agency “is still struggling in its most crucial mission.”
Michigan’s child welfare system got some good marks in the latest report by court-appointed monitors, but it still faces many challenges in protecting children and licensing foster homes.
The state of Michigan and lawyers representing needy children have reached a new agreement on how to improve foster care and protective services.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has sworn in close to 300 child welfare workers, telling them their jobs are in many ways tougher than his.