Circuit Court - Family Division
The Shiawassee County Prosecutor handles child protection and delinquency matters before the Circuit Court Family Division, and its referee. This includes felony and misdemeanor offenses, as well as status offenses like truancy, being a runaway, and being an incorrigible youth. The APAs assist theShiawassee Regional Educational Service District office with truancy matters that require formal court intervention.
In child protection matters, the Family Court APAs acts as the lawyer for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) at all stages of civil child protective proceedings. These proceedings protect both children and families from abuse and neglect. Petitions may seek to terminate parental rights where the abuse or neglect is serious and/or longstanding.
APAs in the Family Court Unit also attend Probate Court proceedings for involuntary mental health hospitalization.
Juvenile Delinquency Cases
The process for juvenile delinquency cases is described here.
Child Protection Proceedings
The process for child protection proceedings is described here.
If you believe that a child's caregiver has committed an act of child abuse or child neglect, please report the suspected abuse or neglect to theMichigan Department of Health and Human Services by contacting Michigan's Centralized Intake center at (855) 444-3911.