Info sharing will support adoptions, foster care

A new web-based information sharing system launched in Michigan recently to streamline and improve the state’s foster care and adoption system seems like a definite step in the right direction.

The Department of Human Services initiated the online system last week in a “soft launch” of the rollout when workers can adjust to it and fix glitches, according to a story by The Associated Press.

The system consolidates databases for the state and agencies it works with, and aims to allow real-time sharing of case data – a crucial capability that was not possible in Michigan previously, said AP.

Inefficient communication and inaccessible information have left room for human error in child welfare system data, said Diane Goodemote, director of child welfare for Child and Family Charities, based in Lansing. She said one improvement in the new system is a red notification on an individual’s profile if a safety concern has been identified.

She and other child welfare professionals say miscommunications have not put children at risk, but limiting miscommunications with the new system will increase efficiency and accuracy, AP reported

For the record, it should be noted that the state was required to put in a system like this.

We like the concept and wonder why it wasn’t done earlier?

The Mining Journal (Marquette)