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Foster Home Licensing Requirement for Relative CaregiversIn October 2008, the State of Michigan reached a settlement agreement on a federal lawsuit filed by Children's Rights, a child advocacy organization based in New York. The terms of the consent decree include the requirement that relative care providers should be licensed. Among the benefits of licensure are:
- Increased protection of children from abuse and neglect.
- Assurance that providers meet minimum foster family licensing requirements.
- Provision of financial support to caregivers.
- Access to training and services to enhance and improve the quality of child care provided to foster children.
DHS policy states that within five days of a child's placement in a relative's home, the assigned foster care worker must discuss licensure with the relative caregiver. The discussion must include completion of the form, Foster Home Licensing Requirements for Relative Caregivers, DHS-972. The relative is required to sign the DHS-972 and indicate if they are interested in pursuing licensure or wish to waive licensure.
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