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Children's Protective Services
Our Children's Protective Services (CPS) program is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. The Michigan Child Protection Law provides the framework for what CPS must do.
Child Abuse: Harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare that occurs through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment, by a parent, a legal guardian, or any other person responsible for the child's health or welfare or by a teacher, a teacher's aide, or a member of the clergy.
Child Neglect: 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 that occurs through either of the following:
- Negligent treatment, including the failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care.
- Placing a child at an unreasonable risk to the child's health or welfare by failure of the parent, legal guardian, or other person responsible for the child's health or welfare to intervene to eliminate that risk when that person is able to do so and has, or should have, knowledge of the risk.
When there is evidence that an individual has abused or neglected a child and the future risk to the child is high or intensive (based on the structured decision making risk assessment tool), that individual's name is placed on the Central Registry.
The Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children is charged with making recommendations for reducing child sexual abuse in Michigan, including recommendations for state and school policies that address the sexual abuse of children.
Resources to assist in providing for the ease and timely processing of information for agencies outside of the State of Michigan who are investigating a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect.