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Legislature Dives Back Into Child Protection

The Minnesota legislature has convened a bipartisan Legislative Task Force on Child Protection to follow up on recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection and new laws from the 2015 legislative session. Eight Representatives and Senators are meeting … Continue reading

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Promising Practice #3 – Homebuilders

The Homebuilders® program attempts to prevent entry into foster care or ensure successful family reunifications. It provides mental health treatment for children, practical help for parents such as arranging child care, and coaching around issues like family violence. While the … Continue reading

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Promising Practice #2: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) helps children with serious mental health problems, including those that result from abuse. For these children and their families opportunities to provide prevention or early intervention services are past. PCIT combines children’s mental health treatment with … Continue reading

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Unwinding Trauma

Our emphasis recently has been on child abuse prevention, but we also need to restore services to parents and children who are already in the system. The first priority is new ways to unwind trauma. Most existing treatments use expensive … Continue reading

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Getting Practical about Abusive Fathers

  Whenever a father or male domestic partner kills a child we ask ‘How could he do such a thing?’. A more useful question might be ‘What happened to him?” that he lacked the self-control needed to take care of … Continue reading

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