Michigan Department of Human
Service’s Central Registry
In Michigan, if you have been charged with child abuse or neglect that is Category I or Category II, you will be placed on the Central Registry. The Central Registry contains your name and the allegation against you of child abuse or neglect. Within 30 days of classifying your suspected abuse as Category I or Category II, the Michigan Department of Human Services (or Children’s Protective Services) must notify you in writing that you are on the Central Registry and that it will be possible for certain people to access that information.
The Central Registry is a document that is internal to the government and not available to the public, however there are a few people who do have access to it.
The following is a list of some of these people:
- A phsician treating a child suspected to have been abused or neglected
- Law enforcement or a child protective agency investigating a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect
- The person listed as the perpetrator of child abuse or neglect
- The victim of child abuse or neglect, so long as that victim is an adult
- A court or grand jury, when the information is necessary to decide an issue
- An adoption agency or foster care placement agency
The identity of the person who reported the child abuse or neglect is kept confidential unless that person consents to release of their name, or if release has been decided by judicial process.
Even though the DHS / CPS Central Registry is internal to the government, it is understandable that people do not want to be listed on the Central Registry. Being listed on the Central Registry in Michigan prevents people from adopting a child, being a foster parent, licensing a daycare, working in a school, and more.
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You will automatically be deleted from the Central Registry if CPS investigated you but found no evidence of abuse or neglect. You will also be automatically removed if you die.
If you are currently correctly listed on the Michigan Central Registry, you may request the Michigan Department of Human Services amend an inaccurate CPS report or record. You may also request that the Michigan Department of Human Services expunge your record, meaning they remove your name and the evidence against you from the Central Registry if they find that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. If the Michigan Department of Human Services refuses your request for amendment or expungement, or fails to act within 30 days of your request, they must hold a hearing regarding the proposed amendment or expungement. There are also appeals available if you do not agree with their decision.
At Kronzek & Cronkright, we are experienced in representing clients who request amendments or expungements. We can be reached at 1-(866)-766-5245 to discuss your removal from the Michigan Central Registry. We are a state wide practice helping families and people with CPS and Central Registry problems.