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Very Good News

  Without warning yesterday the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee added $52 million to the Department of Human Services budget, fully funding the Governor’s child welfare proposals. Apparently a turning point was a handout we distributed during our testimony … Continue reading

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Cultural Navigators

The African American Working Group on Child Protection has proposed using paraprofessional ‘cultural navigators’ to improve communication between child protection workers and communities of color. The Senate has approved funding for this and we hope the House will too. Social … Continue reading

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Addressing Racial Disparities

  Today the Minnesota Senate will hear SF 825, the Governor’s Supplemental Budget. It includes $6 million over two years to address the fact that African American and American Indian children are respectively three and six times more likely to … Continue reading

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The Foster Care Dilemma

The Star Tribune child welfare series is currently chronicling children who were sent to foster care settings as bad as or worse than their families. Yet there are also foster parents and agencies doing great work. The problem is Minnesota’s … Continue reading

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Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection Meetings March 23rd 2015

This is a report on the final meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection on March 23rd, 2015. Commissioner Jesson shared a draft final report with the group. It included 93 recommendations from the Work Groups as well … Continue reading

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