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CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (DHS)

Child Protective Services / Department of Human Services (DHS) (Formally known as the Family Independence Agency - FIA)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Michigan's Child Protection Law defines child abuse and neglect as harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare by a parent, legal guardian or any other person responsible for the child's health or welfare.

A preponderance of evidence is necessary to substantiate that abuse or neglect occurred. If abuse or neglect occurred, the DHS will respond based on assessments of safety, risk and need within the family. Michigan uses a structured decision making system to assess child safety, risk of recurrence and family needs and strengths. The goal is supposed to focus services in improving the family relationships and creating a safe environment so children can remain at home. Family and individual counseling, Families First, substance abuse counseling and parenting training are examples of services made available to families in need.

However, if the home environment is determined to be unsafe (and for specific reasons specified in law), DHS will petition the family court to intervene and the court may order the child to be removed from the home and placed in foster care, or order the alleged perpetrator to be removed instead.

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