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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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Reforms Aren’t Sustainable without Prevention

The child welfare reforms recently passed by the Minnesota legislature create higher standards and tighter oversight. Counties say this is already causing them to screen in many more maltreatment reports. The risk is that mushrooming caseloads will overwhelm workers and … Continue reading

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How Court Transparency Helped Minnesota Children

  In 1999 the Minnesota Supreme Court made child protection records public. This made possible two projects that significantly influenced current reforms. First was the Star Tribune’s investigative report of 56 children killed by their parents. Second was research we … Continue reading

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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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