child abuse http://michiganradio.org en New online toolkit for those involved in child abuse cases http://michiganradio.org/post/new-online-toolkit-those-involved-child-abuse-cases <p>Judges, attorneys and families involved in child abuse and neglect cases can now get information about the legal process <a href="http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/officesprograms/cws/cwstoolkit/pages/default.aspx">in a single place online</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A division of the Michigan Supreme Court designed the new online toolkit.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marcia </span>McBrien<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a court spokeswoman.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“They’re complex cases, they’re very difficult,” she said. “They’re very fact intensive. So judges and attorneys who are handling these cases really need to be well educated and to know what they’re doing.”</span></p><p>McBrien<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a lot of judges and attorneys who never used to handle child abuse cases are now.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s because of a couple of factors.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The market for lawyers has become more competitive and courts have been consolidating.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hope is that the online toolkit will help children get placed in the right homes more quickly.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state investigated more than <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/Information_Packet_-_DHS_Pub-790_June_2013_423386_7.pdf?20130828112652">90,000 complaints of child abuse</a> or neglect in 2012.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14216 at http://michiganradio.org New online toolkit for those involved in child abuse cases Michigan Court of Appeals rules in favor of minister who didn't report suspected child abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-rules-favor-minister-who-didnt-report-suspected-child-abuse <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals says a minister cannot be charged with failing to report child abuse based on conversations with a parishioner.</p><p></p><p>The court ruled those were privileged conversations.</p><p></p><p>This particular question had never been litigated before. And it is how far do privacy protections for clergy extend when it comes to reporting child abuse?</p><p></p><p>In this case, a woman went to her pastor, John Prominski, for advice when she suspected her husband was abusing her daughters. Their first talk was in 2009.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:46:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 14121 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals rules in favor of minister who didn't report suspected child abuse