Child Abuse Protocol document signing

This week a new child abuse investigation initiative will launch in Isabella county.

On Wednesday, multiple agencies around the county will sign a document that will put them all under one directive when handling child abuse cases.

County, city and tribal police, two prosecutor’s offices, the Department of Human Services and the Listening Ear crisis center will collaborate on the effort.

Bethany Law is interim executive director of the Child and Family Enrichment Council, or CAFE. They will coordinate services between the agencies involved.

Law said, “We are a child advocacy center and child advocacy centers is this movement going across the nation where basically we coordinate the services of all of the agencies that are involved with investigation of child abuse into one multidisciplinary team approach.”

She said the agreement means agencies will follow evidence based practices to ensure children are protected and that everyone involved is doing their job correctly.