Child protective proceedings involving non-Indian children are primarily governed by the Child Protection Law (CPL), MCL 722.621 et seq.; the Juvenile Code, MCL 712A.1 et seq.; and subchapter 3.900 of the Michigan Court Rules. Taken together, these sources of authority establish a comprehensive scheme for reporting cases of suspected abuse and neglect, investigating those reports, and responding, when necessary, with appropriate legal action. For child protective proceedings concerning Indian children, see chapter 25. While these statutes form the primary authority for handling child protection proceedings, practitioners must be aware that federal law, specifically Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, 42 USC 670 et seq., and the policy established by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for handling child protection cases are increasingly influential in the courts’ handling of child protection cases.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Vandervort, Frank E. "Child Protection Law and Procedure." In Michigan Family Law. 7th ed., edited by M. J. Kelly, J. A. Curtis, and R. A. Roane. (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2011), 2: 23-1-23-66.