Michigan has a new statewide phone number for reporting child abuse and neglect: 1-855-444-3911. The number debuted this week and is part of a system designed to improve response to calls about child welfare. Staffed 24-hours a day, including weekends and holidays, the new service is designed to create uniform standards for response to complaints. It replaces a system where calls went to local county offices.
The new system also keeps Michigan in compliance with a court order to improve child welfare and foster care services following a 2006 lawsuit. Department of Health and Human Services Director Maura Corrigan and her staff are working diligently toward repairing a badly damaged system. That’s good for Michigan’s children.
An LSJ editorial