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Hi Friends,

I am curious if any counties have any or all of their FOC staff deputized as county clerk staff and if your staff do any clerk functions in your case management system? I am particularly interested in those combined counties.


We have had a longstanding agreement with our Clerk that our FOC staff would perform some clerk functions, but the Clerk is pushing back now. I don’t know that they have enough staff as it is now, and if they could handle the workload that might come back to them if they push for this to be done by Clerks. In addition, I don’t think FOC funds would go toward their staff.

Just curious if anyone else has handled this and how?





On April 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) will be hosting a webinar titled, “Embracing Neurodivergence in Public Service.” See the attached for more information and the link to register.

On a related note, FOCB’s very own Paul Gehm and Amy Lindholm are working with a neurodivergence expert to create a training(s) connecting neurodivergence to domestic relations. Stay tuned!

Good afternoon!    Attached is the Treasurer Report for March.  Kristy will be covering it for me at April’s board meeting, but if you have any questions, I’ll be around until 4/18 🙂



I am looking for any IV-D policy on using social media to locate people.  In particular, is a IV-D program prohibited from setting up a FaceBook account that doesn’t identify the account as being a child support office.  I think if courts are using social media to locate people, any account must identify them as the court. I am wondering if there is any IV-D policy on this.


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