Federal Funding Available For Legal Representation in Michigan CPS Cases

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A chunk of funding has been made available by the federal government to help families battling CPS, who can’t afford a good defense attorney!

Battling CPS can be a nightmare. They seem to have all the aces up their sleeves, while Michigan families are left in the dark, trying to understand policies that make no sense and workers that don’t have to answer for their actions. Not to mention, fighting CPS is a long and expensive battle. Many families lose their savings to the fight, and few ever fully recover, either financially and emotionally. 

Good attorneys are costly, but a bad attorney could cost you your kids!

But studies have shown that the type of attorney you have on your side in a CPS fight makes a difference ( a fact we’ve been telling people for decades!). The better your attorney, the more likely you are to avoid having your rights violated, and the faster your kids come home. It makes sense. But good attorney aren’t cheap, and for people with tight budgets that sometimes just isn’t an option. So the federal government is stepping in to help out.

So how does it all work? How do you get the money when you need it?

The federal Children’s Bureau has amended their Child Welfare Policy Manual so that it now allows individual states to apply for title IV-E funding reimbursement. The rate of reimbursement is 50% for services provided by attorneys representing families in any kind of foster care related legal proceedings. So any time CPS removes your kids, or tries to remove your kids, you could be eligible! 

If you’re fighting CPS you’re going to need all the help you can get!

Beforehand, only the state title IV-E agency’s (MDHHS in Michigan) attorney costs were eligible for reimbursement. Yup, that’s right, before now only CPS could claim that money! But now it’s available for families fighting CPS as well! States are now allowed to claim title IV-E funding to cover the cost of attorney’s fees on behalf of parents and caregivers whose children have been placed in foster care.

Even the Supreme Court is encouraging state courts to apply for the funding!

Once the announcement was made, the Supreme Court made a public announcement, encouraging family courts all over the country to take whatever steps are necessary to apply for the funding. And if the goal of Michigan’s family court system is to keep families together and make sure that children stay in loving and secure homes and out of foster care, then this funding will make a huge difference!

The lawyer you choose can make all the difference in your CPS defense case!

Choosing a lawyer to represent you when fighting CPS is a huge decision. Who you select will have a major impact on how your case is resolved. Which is why, if CPS has accused you of child abuse, or tried to take your kids away from you, you need to call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245 immediately. Our experienced and aggressive CPS defense attorneys can help youand trying to protect your family and your parenting rights,