Foster-care policy change modest given need for reform

While there are children in need of care, the basis on which children come under supervision and/or are removed from homes is questionable. Child Protective Services and Department of Human Services workers do not have to substantiate their findings. If they believe a child is abused or neglected, even if there are no witnesses or records to substantiate their claim, what the worker says is accepted by the court. This is wrong and detrimental to families.
The term “Child Protective Services” might not be good enough. A better one would be “Career Protection Services.” If workers find children to rescue or protect, their jobs are secure.
Foster care is a money-making system. By pulling children out of the home the county receives IV-E funding. If the child is left in the home and/or returned to the home, the county loses funding.
When Michigan’s case load of IV-E-eligible children declined between 2001 to 2006 it put a strain on state and county budgets, reducing eligibility to only 29.5 percent. By 2012, Michigan increased eligibility to 37 percent by removing children from their homes and collecting IV-E funding


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