Improving Child Safety and Well-Being in Foster and Relative Placements

To improve the safety and well-being of children and youth placed in foster care, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) sought to better understand the nature and context of foster child maltreatment in Michigan. Maltreatment in foster care has devastating consequences, which may include physical health problems, trauma and psychological problems, learning and developmental problems, emotional and behavioral disorders, aggression and violence, and juvenile justice involvement.