Child Welfare Article in the Lansing State Journal


While not ICWA-specific, the concerns raised in this article regarding representation, admitting at adjudication, and the lack of independent experts are also reasons for ICWA non-compliance.

Parent advocates say Michigan erects a wall between kids and their families because DHHS is the only agency helping parents overcome their struggles and at the same time is their courtroom opponent, logging those struggles as possible evidence against them. In child welfare cases, judges can issue lifelong penalties based on far less evidence than is required in criminal court. Most parents’ only defense is an overworked, underpaid court-appointed attorney.

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