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Promising Practice #1: Parent Support Groups

Since there are few ‘evidence-based’ programs in child protection, particularly related to prevention, we need to identify and continuously improve promising practices until they demonstrate that they reduce child abuse. Circle of Parents® support groups are particularly noteworthy in this … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Education and Child Protection Integration is Worth the Effort

In 2003 Federal Reserve Bank economists Art Rolnick and Rob Grunewald calculated that early childhood education for low-income 3- and 4-year olds would improve child development outcomes and return $8.74 to society for every dollar invested. Minnesota’s business community and … Continue reading

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Innovation Needed to Address Racial Disparities

  $6 million was approved in the 2015-2016 Minnesota budget to address racial disparities in child welfare. The current bias in human services would prompt us to only invest these funds in ‘Evidence Based Interventions’ (EBIs), meaning programs that are … Continue reading

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Preventive Strategy #2: Triple P Parenting Skills Training

Most parenting skills training programs don’t track outcomes or have research supporting their model. One exception is Triple P, which received the next to highest possible rating from the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse (CEBC). Triple P includes a community-wide public … Continue reading

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Prevention Strategy #1: Home Visiting Programs

As previously noted, improved prevention strategies are needed to keep the current surge in child protection reports from swamping Minnesota’s system. One research-supported option is the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program, which provides in-home parenting skills to first time mothers … Continue reading

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