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Freedom of Information Act RequestsPublic records for all of our licensed facilities are posted online. Use our License Lookup feature to find the facility you are looking for. Click on the facility name and go to the Reports Available section to view public records.
In addition, you can use one of our statewide lists below to find the name, address and phone number of the registrant/licensee and the home or facility, the licensed capacity, and the status and effective dates of the registration/license.
If you need additional documentation concerning a licensed adult foster care facility, child care centers and homes, camps, or child welfare facilities, include the following information in your FOIA request:
You may request specific document(s) from the file or you may request the entire file. The type of documents most generally requested include the licensing study report, which summarizes the findings of our licensing inspection, and special investigation reports, which summarize the nature of a complaint, our investigation methods and findings, and our recommendations. You may request:
There are charges for FOIA requests. Fees include .05 cents a page for copying, actual mailing and postage costs, and exact time and labor costs to search for the record and prepare it for release in accordance with applicable statutes. Labor costs are determined by the pay rate of the lowest-paid employee who is capable of responding to the request. A good faith deposit may be required for requests whose cost will exceed $50.
Submit Your Request
Choose from any of the four methods listed below.
Note: When using email, mail or fax, clearly specify that you are making a FOIA request.
About the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing and the Freedom of Information Act
BCAL does not release information regarding a complaint investigation that is ongoing. Once the complaint investigation report has been finalized, it becomes available under FOIA. BCAL is required to protect the names of children and adults receiving care in licensed homes/facilities and the names of their families; Social Security numbers; medical/psychological reports; and any information related to investigations or records made under the Child Protection Law. All of this information is confidential and protected from disclosure by state or federal statute. Additionally, BCAL is prohibited by statute from copying any record produced from the Michigan Department of State Police's Law Enforcement Information Network.
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