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(2008-02-05)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Court-appointed experts say state
caseworkers did not make required face-to-face visits with children
in foster care and failed to conduct checks before placing children
with relatives.
Policy states that caseworkers make two face-to-face contacts
with children during their first month in foster care.
But caseworkers did not make any contacts in 31 percent of 460
cases analyzed by the Children's Research Center.
Tuesday's report was ordered by a federal judge overseeing a
class-action lawsuit filed by a national child advocacy group. The
group says 19,000 Michigan children are being harmed in foster
care.
A message seeking comment has been left with the Michigan
Department of Human Services.
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