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State criticized in latest report on child welfare reforms

Apr 13, 2015

DETROIT - A judge says the state of Michigan still has "serious problems" in collecting statistics that are crucial to improving foster care, child welfare and other programs for kids.

Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds made the remark Monday as court-appointed monitors delivered their latest report.  The child welfare system has been under court oversight since 2008.

The monitors highlighted key issues, including the performance of a computer system that went online a year ago. They say the Department of Health and Human Services must provide ongoing training and support to thousands of users.

Separately, the report says the state continues to expose too many foster children to neglect.

State attorney John Bursch acknowledges the computer problems but says there are other ways to measure progress in the child welfare system.