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Progress and Next Steps in Hennepin County

This week the Hennepin County Oversight Committee reviewed efforts by child protection managers to implement recommendations in the Casey Report, which was critical of the program. Progress was reported for example in rolling out a 24/7 child protection response, and … Continue reading

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Minnesota Needs an Ombudsperson Just for Children

The Legislative Child Protection Task Force may recommend adding an Ombudsperson for Children to the 2016 budget. Currently there is an Ombudspersons Office for Families which advocates for communities of color in the child welfare system. However there is no … Continue reading

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Child Protection and Law Enforcement

Recently we shared a story about a child treated in an area ER.  Despite severe injuries, the police didn’t charge the perpetrator with a crime.  They compounded the trauma by saying they would probably send the child home because they … Continue reading

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County and State Roles Start to Diverge

At the Legislative Child Protection Task Force this week, the views of the state Department of Human Services and county program directors began to diverge. Although counties disagree, the Department wants an outside expert to review screening practices. This is … Continue reading

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What to Expect in 2016

Our 2016 priority is to promote implementation of the child welfare improvements passed last year. They included most of Safe Passage’s reform agenda so new legislation isn’t necessary yet, and would be difficult to pass anyway given the short (8-week) … Continue reading

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