Michigan needs to invest existing federal resources in the most effective and innovative way possible. Protect MiFamily is designed to do just that by strengthening families and improving the lives of vulnerable children, with the aim of keeping families together.
The children involved in this project will be from birth to 5 years old and determined by Children’s Protective Services to be at high or intensive risk for future maltreatment. Families served also must live in one of the three pilot counties, where private agencies Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and Catholic Charities of West Michigan will partner with DHS in the new program. All three counties chosen have a higher than typical rate of children in that youngest age group being removed from their homes and placed into foster care.