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      New task force will help protect children from abuse

      A new Task Force will help streamline Michigan's child abuse investigations while making sure the victims involved are safe.


      A new Task Force will help streamline Michigan's child abuse investigations while making sure the victims involved are safe.


      Governor Snyder issued

      Executive Order 2013-4

      to create a more streamlined

      Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

      to evaluate and make recommendations on how the state handles child abuse cases.


      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, Allendale

      Law enforcement community


      Susan Hull, Oxford

      Child protective services agencies


      Lori Budnik, Rogers City

      Child protection services agencies


      Lani Forbes, Hastings

      Parents


      Terrence Gilsenan, Warren

      Child Advocates


      Betsy Boggs, Ada

      Parents groups


      Danielle Loupee, Cassopolis

      Child protective services agencies


      Jennifer Pintar, Tawas City

      Law enforcement community


      Shannon Lowder, Jackson

      Health and mental health professionals


      Robert Sykes, Ionia

      Judges and attorneys


      Julie Nakfoor Pratt, Hastings

      Judges and attorneys


      Lisa Wenger, Grosse Pointe

      Judges and attorneys


      Fred Gruber, Riverview

      Child advocates


      Linda Hallmark, Bloomfield Hills

      Judges and attorneys


      Robin Eagleson, East Lansing

      Judges and attorneys


      Gary Anderson, Okemos

      Health and mental health professionals


      Maura Corrigan

      Department of Human Services



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