Report Shows Improvements In Mich. Child Welfare

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Human Services Department says federal monitors have found some improvements in its child welfare system, while a group that sued the state says the agency “is still struggling in its most crucial mission.”

Human services officials said Tuesday that court-appointed monitors report the agency is meeting and exceeding caseload standards.

They say the report also credits the agency with ensuring timely health and dental exams.

Monitors also found need for improvement in compliance in relative care, child placement, and worker and child visitation.

The state's child welfare system came under federal oversight in 2008 after a suit by New York-based Children's Rights Inc.

The group says the report for the second half of 2012 shows “far too many kids are victims of abuse and neglect” under state care.

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