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Auditor General’s report finds need for better monitoring of child protecting agency protocols

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Auditor General’s report on child protecting agency protocols

A new report from Michigan Auditor General finds lapses in the state’s oversight of agencies that place children in foster and adoptive homes.

The report details five key findings.

Among them is that adoption records that should be restricted…often remained available for weeks longer than they’re supposed to.

The audit also finds discrepancies between a placement agency’s roster of children and the state’s roster in nearly half the reviewed agencies.

Those agencies handle services like placing children in foster and adoptive homes…monitoring service plans…and inspecting homes.

The report finds positives as well within the state’s oversight. It labels state oversight of fostering and adoption agencies as – quote – “effective, with exceptions.”

The state health department says it will make changes based on the report—like expanding its annual compliance review.