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Report Shows Improvements In Mich. Child Welfare

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Human Services Department says federal monitors have found some improvements in the state's child welfare system.

Human services officials said Tuesday that court-appointed monitors report the agency is meeting and exceeding caseload standards for supervisors and staff.

They say the report also credits the agency with ensuring timely health exams and dental exams for children entering care, and with ensuring health care for older youth exiting state custody.

Monitors also found need for improvement in compliance in relative care, child placement, and worker and child visitation.

The state's child welfare system came under federal oversight in 2008 after a suit by New York-based Children's Rights Inc.

The monitors' report filed in Detroit federal court is the third under a settlement agreement. It covers July 1-Dec. 31, 2012.

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