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Reporting to Child Protective Services

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Reporting to Child Protective Services

In addition to making a report to law enforcement, anyone, including a child, who suspects child abuse or neglect, can make a report to Children’s Protective Services by calling 855-444-3911. In addition, the Child Protection Law requires certain professionals to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Review the Mandated Reporters section of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website for more details.

Reports must meet the following three criteria to be assigned for investigation at Children’s Protective Services:

  • The alleged victim is under 18 years of age.
  • The alleged perpetrator is a parent, legal guardian or other person responsible for the child's health and welfare.
  • The allegations minimally meet the child abuse and neglect definitions in the Child Protection Law.

Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect made to Children’s Protective Services will either be:

  • Assigned for investigation;
  • Rejected; or
  • Transferred to another agency for investigation, such as law enforcement or the Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing.


For more information visit the Children’s Protective Services section of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.