LANSING, Mich. — Changes to Michigan’s Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect are now in effect as a result of Wyatt’s law.
The law, signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year, allows parents and caregivers easier access to a person’s child abuse history, according to the State of Michigan.
“Today, the Michigan Child Abuse Registry is easier for the public to access so they can keep their children safe at home, at school, and everywhere in between,” says the Governor Whitmer. “I’m proud that we’ve succeeded, and it’s proof of what’s possible when we work across the aisle to keep our children and our communities safe. Let’s continue to work together to protect public safety and help our children succeed.
Wyatt’s Law is named after a Michigan boy who suffered brain damage at the hands of an abuser when he was just one year old, rendering him blind and unable to eat, speak or walk .
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The state says that before Wyatt’s Law, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was only able to indicate that a person was not on the registry when asked , but not to confirm whether it was there.
To find out if an alleged abuser is on the registry, parents and guardians should file a request with their local Friend of the Courts office, according to the Michigan Governor’s Office.
Visit Michigan State website for more information.
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