03/21/2013 09:27 am ET

Report: State Foster Care Overhaul Making Progress, More Work To Be Done

Detroit — A federal judge congratulated the state Wednesday for making strides toward meeting a court mandate to overhaul its troubled foster care system, but a report from a court-appointed monitor said more needs to be done to ensure children's safety.

During a progress hearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Judge Nancy Edmunds told representatives with the Michigan Department of Human Services and Children's Rights, a children's advocacy group, she is confident the department is taking the necessary measures to reform. Five years ago, the state entered a consent agreement with the New York-based watchdog group after accusations youth were endangered while in DHS' care.

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