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The Child Welfare Services division within the State Court Administrative Office provides assistance to circuit court family divisions on child welfare matters, including child protective proceedings, foster care, adoption, termination of parental rights, permanency outcomes, and data collection and analysis.  Child Welfare Services administers the Michigan Court Improvement Program (CIP) and the Foster Care Review Board Program (FCRB) and provides numerous multi-disciplinary trainings each year on a variety of child welfare issues.


Court Improvement Program

The Court Improvement Program is part of a nationwide effort to improve how courts handle child abuse and neglect cases. The program is funded by federal grants that are available to each state's highest court.  The CIP operates through a statewide, cross-disciplinary task force aimed at improving the three key elements of child protective proceedings: safety, timely permanency, and well-being for children.  The CIP allows Michigan to implement necessary reforms, and track its progress toward meeting state and federal laws, national standards, and program improvement plans to improve child protective court proceedings.


Foster Care Review Board Program

The Foster Care Review Board Program provides independent, periodic review of cases in the state foster care system.  A statewide advisory committee, including leaders from the child welfare community, ensures that the program fulfills its statutory mandates and provides maximum benefit to improving the foster care system.


Child and Family Services Review

Child and Family Services Reviews are conducted by the Children's Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and are designed to help states achieve more timely permanency decisions and establish stronger safety guarantees for abused and neglected children under state supervision.  The latest review was conducted in 2009.  See a March 18, 2010 memo on the review findings and the measures to be taken by the state as a result of those findings. Reports on the findings can be viewed under Audits and Reviews to the right.


Title IV-E Requirements

Title IV-E is a federal funding program that helps states pay for the costs of certain children who are removed from their home due to child abuse or neglect. Title IV-E eligibility is based on meeting certain criteria when the child is initially removed from his or her home and placed under the care and placement of the Department of Health & Human Services. The last federal audit was conducted in 2013 and the next audit will occur in 2016. Please click here for more information and to view a Title IV-E training recording.



Child Welfare Services

PO Box 30048

Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 373-8036

Fax: (517) 373-8922

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Highlights and news

Nominations Open for 2016 Child Welfare Awards

The State Court Administrative Office’s Foster Care Review Board for is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Child Welfare Awards, which are given every year in the fall to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to Michigan’s foster children.


Reunification Day
June is National Reunification Month. On June 24, 2016, SCAO-CWS and MDHHS will host a Reunification Day celebration at the Hall of Justice in Lansing.


Chief Judge Allie 

Greenleaf Maldonado of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been selected to be featured in the 3rd Annual Harvard Law International Women's Day Portrait Exhibit.


Training Clearinghouse

New Michigan Child Welfare Training Clearinghouse provides a central location for child welfare training opportunties.


Title IV-E Refresher

Video recording of SCAO-CWS Title IV-E Refresher Training is now available online.


ICWA Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Process