Federal monitor: Too many cases of abuse and neglect in MI child foster care

Michigan Public Radio Network

An advocacy group said Michigan is not making the progress necessary to fix the state’s child foster care system. A federal monitor issued a report Tuesday as part of a lawsuit settlement.

The report said there are too many instances of abuse and neglect of foster kids at the hands of the adults who are supposed to be caring for them. Also, Michigan has one of the worst rates in the country of repeat instances of mistreatment. A third of Michigan’s foster children don’t get a monthly visit from a caseworker.

Sara Bartosz is an attorney with Children’s Rights, the advocacy group that filed the lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services.

“We’ve really got to stay the course, dig in deeper, and keep things moving.”

The monitor’s report said the state has made progress in hiring more qualified caseworkers, and getting more foster kids placed in permanent homes.

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