A new Task Force will help streamline Michigan's child abuse investigations while making sure the victims involved are safe.
The new Executive Order replaces EO 2010-18 and cuts the task force down from 34 to 18 members. Officials believe fewer members will help with efficiency and effectiveness.
Among other issues, the Task Force will report on how child abuse and neglect cases are handled, making sure in particular, cases of child sexual abuse are investigated without additional trauma to the victims. The Task Force will also focus on the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect.
Kenneth Tacoma of Cadillac is Chairperson of the Task Force. The other members include:
Dan Adams, AllendaleLaw enforcement community
Susan Hull, OxfordChild protective services agencies
Lori Budnik, Rogers CityChild protection services agencies
Lani Forbes, HastingsParents
Terrence Gilsenan, WarrenChild Advocates
Betsy Boggs, AdaParents groups
Danielle Loupee, CassopolisChild protective services agencies
Jennifer Pintar, Tawas CityLaw enforcement community
Shannon Lowder, JacksonHealth and mental health professionals
Robert Sykes, IoniaJudges and attorneys
Julie Nakfoor Pratt, HastingsJudges and attorneys
Lisa Wenger, Grosse PointeJudges and attorneys
Fred Gruber, RiverviewChild advocates
Linda Hallmark, Bloomfield HillsJudges and attorneys
Robin Eagleson, East LansingJudges and attorneys
Gary Anderson, OkemosHealth and mental health professionals
Maura CorriganDepartment of Human Services