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What Finally Happened in the Legislative Session?

Last week Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the most extensive child welfare reforms in memory. A summary is here. Our top three are: Child safety is now the paramount responsibility of child protection. If children are still at risk, … Continue reading

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It’s Not (Just) About Eric Dean

Here is a summary of the final results of the 2015 state legislative session.   It’s Not (Just) About Eric Dean We continue to hear voices that current child protection reforms are an overreaction to the death of ‘one little … Continue reading

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Removing Native American Children from Their Homes

We recognize the critical importance of Indian children maintaining ties with their communities and heritage. But a proposed update to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) would only allow children to be removed from their homes if there is “present … Continue reading

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Invitation: Second Annual End of Session Celebration

Please join us for our Second Annual End of Session Celebration, May 19th 530-730pm at Tin Whiskers Brewery, 125 E 9th St. St Paul Speakers include: Representative Susan Allen District 62B is the first Native American woman to serve in the … Continue reading

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Child Protection and Law Enforcement

Legislation has long been in place obligating local law enforcement and child welfare agencies to cross-report child abuse allegations. In many counties however this mandate was never implemented. Bills currently going through the Minnesota legislature strengthen this requirement. More counties … Continue reading

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