New Michigan law expands access to child abuse registry

8 May, 2022
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New Michigan law expands access to child abuse registry

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed off on a measure to expand access to Michigan's child abuse registry, after seven years of lobbying by the mother of a victim of abuse at the hands of a caregiver with previous convictions.


"It's like winning the Stanley Cup or the World Championships," Macomb County mother Erica Hamill told The Associated Press after Whitmer signed the White Act, named after her son.

The law allows caregivers to access the current child abuse record if they suspect that those who care for their children have a history of abuse. Previously, the list was not available to the public, which Hamill says almost cost her son, now 9, his life when she suspected in 2013 that something was wrong with her ex-husband's girlfriend who was watching Wyatt.


Had Hamel been able to access the records of the friend, who had two previous child abuse convictions, she said she could have saved her son from having to fight for his life as an infant after suffering permanent brain damage and broken bones from abuse.


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