Representative Hansen Clarke ” is asking the Attorney General of the United States to investigate the treatment of African American children and families by Michigan’s Department of Human Services, which oversees Child Protective Services.
7 Action News has been investigating DHS for years, and we were the first to expose that Wayne County’s Juvenile Court wasn’t following the law when CPS workers would bring in petitions to take children from their parents because of alleged abuse or neglect.
“I knew the system was broken, but I didn’t know it was this broken, where anyone, literally anyone could come and take your child,” said Maryanne Godboldo, who’s 13-year-old daughter was taken temporarily by CPS last year.”
[Citizens Commission of Human Rights International 5/23/12]
“DHS Director Maura D. Corrigan issued this written statement:
“The department welcomes a dialogue with Rep. Clarke, as we do with all legislators. We can assure the representative that despite his concerns based on a small number of local cases out of the nearly 100,000 child welfare cases the department investigates each year statewide, that DHS focuses solely on the welfare of the child without regard to race.”
[WXYZ 5/11/12 by Heather Catallo]
The request is a result of the Godboldo case debacle. Our coverage of this case is here.
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