A strategic plan to implement Michigan’s Child Protection Law could be to create prevention services. Some ways to prevent child abuse in communities can be to have different approaches in which different situations help different families. Some approaches can be to have public awareness activities, skill-based curricula for children, parent education programs and support groups, home visitation programs, respite and crisis care programs, and family resource centers (Thomas, 2003). Some of these services and programs can be implemented in places in which families are at high risk or already have a pending case against them for child abuse. Some of these programs can be taught at local child welfare agencies, schools, libraries, hospitals, places of worship, and prisons. Offering these prevention services at different places gives families who are affected by child abuse a chance to seek help and change. The Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect have presented the results of the Emerging Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect project, which was initiated to identify effective and innovative programs in child abuse and neglect prevention around the nation. In partnership with the prevention community, OCAN implemented this review to elevate our understanding of prevention programs and initiatives, and to share information on emerging and promising practices with the field (Thomas, 2003).
The Child Protection Law with the help of these projects and programs can greatly help the Michigan Family Independence Agency in improving the lives of children and families who desperately need the help. These initiatives can teach the agency how they can go forward with helping families and ways to improve resources. It is also helpful in teaching parents or guardians how to communicate with children and the consequences for child abuse if situations are not handled properly.
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