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Mon July 18, 2011
New agreement gives Michigan a fresh start to fix foster care
Children’s advocates and a federal judge have given Michigan another shot at fixing its foster care system. The plan was given the go-ahead today by a federal judge in Detroit.
The new agreement gives the state more time to hire and train caseworkers and to get more children in foster care placed with permanent families.
The state also promised to pay more attention to older children in the system – especially those about to “age out” as they reach adulthood.
The state was out of compliance with an earlier agreement and this new decree represents a fresh start in an effort to resolve the five-year-old lawsuit.
The consent agreement with the New York-based organization Children’s Rights was signed by Governor Rick Snyder and Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan – putting their credibility with the court on the line if the state fails to comply.
The first real test will come at the end of the year, when a court-appointed monitor files a report on the state’s progress in fixing its system for children in foster care.