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Children & Youth Services (CYS) Division
The Children & Youth Services (CYS) Division specializes in civil child protection law. CYS represents Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as well as its contract agencies in all Wayne County child protective proceedings. CYS’ representation begins pre-petition filing and continues through family reunification, termination of parental rights, adoption, or until some other permanence is secured for each child involved. CYS' legal representation of DHHS encompasses appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. The CYS Division handles all Wayne County DHHS appeals both as appellant and appellee. This includes brief preparation, writing, moot arguments, settlement agreements, and oral advocacy. On occasion, CYS also handles appeals across the state. In addition to legal representation, CYS provides a variety of training to DHHS employees on child protection law.