In Michigan, Children’s Protective Services (CPS) investigates reports of child abuse or neglect. If someone suspects a child is in danger of either, they can report their concerns to CPS. The agency then steps in to assess the situation.
CPS workers visit homes to observe living conditions and the well-being of children. They talk to children, parents, and sometimes neighbors to gather information. CPS also checks for any potential dangers in the home that might threaten a child’s safety. The agency decides the next steps based on what it learns during these investigations, which might include offering family support services or, in severe cases, taking legal action to protect the child.
Who Can Submit a Report to CPS in Michigan?
In Michigan, anyone who suspects a child is experiencing abuse or neglect can submit a report to CPS. This includes teachers, doctors, neighbors, family members, and even bystanders. Professionals who work with children, like teachers and healthcare workers, are required by law to report any signs of abuse they see. However, anyone concerned about a child’s safety has the right to report.
What Does CPS Look for During Home Visits?
The primary focus of a CPS home visit in Michigan is ensuring the child’s safety and well-being. Here’s what caseworkers look for:
- Family Dynamics: Relationships and interactions within the family
- Injury Analysis: The cause, explanation, and location of any injury or injuries on the child
- Medical Needs: Whether the child requires a medical examination to assess their wellbeing
- Home Condition: The cleanliness of the home and any apparent safety hazards
- Child’s Condition: The child’s clothing, cleanliness, and overall health and appearance
- Basic Needs: Whether the child’s basic needs like food, shelter, and education have been met
- Adequate Supervision: Whether the child is receiving proper supervision
- Emotional Wellbeing: Signs of any emotional or mental abuse towards the child
- Alternative Explanations: Other possible reasons explaining the behavior behind the allegations against the family
- Corroborating Evidence: Evidence supporting the allegations, like witness statements
- Source of Complaint: Who reported the concern and their relationship to the child
How a Lawyer Can Help If CPS Visits Your Home in Michigan
If CPS visits your home, determines your child is at risk, or decides to get the courts involved, a lawyer can support you and protect you by:
- Explaining your rights and the legal procedures involved with CPS investigations
- Accompanying you during interviews and home visits
- Reviewing the allegations against you and formulating an appropriate response
- Advising you on how to cooperate with CPS while safeguarding your interests
- Communicating directly with CPS on your behalf
- Representing you in court if the situation escalates to legal action
- Ensuring CPS treats you fairly and follows legal protocols
- Managing any legal documents or evidence related to your case
Contact a Michigan Defense Attorney Now
If Michigan CPS visits your home or attempts to take your child away, get experienced legal support immediately. The attorneys with The Law Office of Jodi L. Hemingway, PLLC, understand the stress and confusion that come with CPS interventions. We’re here to aggressively defend your rights and pursue a positive outcome for your family. Don’t navigate this complex system alone. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us help you through this challenging time.