Children's Protective Services Investigations - 431-1285-16

Description of Agency

Children’s Protective Services (CPS) is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. CPS has 30 days to complete an investigation, including conducting interviews with the alleged child victim(s), the child’s caretaker(s), and the alleged perpetrator(s); viewing the home; reviewing police reports, criminal history, medical reports, and school reports; and completing safety, risk, and need/strengths assessments. CPS investigations determine if there is a preponderance of evidence of child abuse or neglect and classify each investigation into one of five categories. The category indicates the type of services that will be provided to the child and child’s family; whether the perpetrator is added to the Statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry; and whether the child should be removed from the family home, temporarily or permanently. CPS utilizes the Michigan Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (MiSACWIS) to document its investigative steps and conclusions.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the sufficiency of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS’s) efforts to ensure the appropriate and consistent application of selected CPS investigation requirements.

  2. To determine the effectiveness of MDHHS’s efforts to accurately capture data used to report its compliance with selected CPS investigation timeliness requirements.


Estimated Release Date: September 2018

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