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Absent Without Legal Permission (AWOLP) Youth


Children placed in foster care in Michigan who subsequently run away from that placement are deemed “Absent Without Legal Permission” or AWOLP.  In November 19, 2002, the Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2002-4 which required all circuit courts to develop a plan to locate and monitor AWOLP children, as well as report back to the Supreme Court on these cases. Plans were submitted by local administrative order.


AWOLP Case Reporting

Circuit courts report AWOLP statistics to SCAO through a secure web-based application (AWOLP system). The AWOLP system is managed by the State Court Administrative Office and is available through the Michigan Court Application Portal. Each circuit court has an administrator who may request access to the AWOLP system for court staff, as well as local Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and private agency workers.


Every week, DHHS sends SCAO a list of children designated as AWOLP. This list is uploaded into the AWOLP system, and an automated e-mail is sent to all AWOLP system users with new cases under their jurisdiction. All system users may then access the AWOLP record for each child and provide all pertinent data. This data is used to create reports for users. AWOLP system users may only view the cases for their county. For example, a system user in Wayne County will not be able to view the AWOLP data for children in Ingham County.

Staff contact

Darla Brandon

(517) 373-8036 

​Articles of Interest

Circumstances and Suggestions of Youth Who Run From Out-of-Home Care

By Angelique Day, MSW and Joanne Riebschleger, Ph.D., LMSW,

Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, Fall 2007