child abuse

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

 

A non-profit that helps victims of child sex abuse is trying something new.

They’re sending surveys to northwest lower Michigan households, asking people questions about child safety.

The group says with that knowledge, they’ll be better equipped to stop sexual abuse.

An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care.

The monitors report says problems include the state not doing background checks on many relatives who take in foster kids, and not investigating credible allegations of abuse or neglect.

State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order.