Main Reasons Child Protective Services Can Be Called
Michigan Children’s Protective Services – Reasons Why They Can Investigate You
The main objective of a Child Protective Services program or department is to protect the rights and welfare of a child. Their main goal is to keep kids with their families, in their homes – when it is deemed a safe environment.
Here in Michigan, the (CPS) program is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services defines Child Abuse and Child Neglect as follows:
Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare that occurs through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment.
Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare by a parent, legal guardian, or any other person responsible for the child’s health or welfare.
Reasons Why Michigan Children’s Protective Services Might Investigate You
There are several signs that are commonly seen in child abuse and child neglect cases. If your child is showing any of the following signs, someone will likely report you to the CPS thus resulting to the investigation process:
Unexplained bruises and welts, burns, fractures, laceration or abrasion.
Apprehensiveness when other children cry.
Fear of going home, fear of parents or caregivers.
If a mandatory reporter in your area sees any of the above signs in your child, you could get reported to the CPS. This is why as a parent or a legal guardian, you must stay up to date with your children’s medical records, especially if an injury occurs. If the mandatory reporter feels that you are not providing the right amount of care, or that you are purposely abusing your child in any manner, the Michigan CPS could show up at your doorstep.
What To Do When You Are Being Investigated by A Michigan CPS
If you are being investigated by the Michigan CPS or are being charged with any crime relating to child abuse and neglect, you need to hire a Michigan lawyer with experience in CPS. Nicole Blank Becker can help you fight back against wrongful allegations, especially when it comes to abuse and neglect. Contact Nicole now for a free consultation: 248-505-5929.