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Don’t Retire Yet

Historic changes to Minnesota’s child protection program are making their way through the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection. Assuming they become law they will make child safety the paramount responsibility of the system, measure outcomes for individual children, strengthen … Continue reading

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Governor’s Task Force Family Assessment and Resources Work Group Meetings February 20th 2015

This is a report on the 02/20/15 meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection Work Group on Family Assessment and Resources. Work Group on Family Assessment and Adequacy of Resources Overview. The Work Group met to begin more … Continue reading

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To Tell the Truth

A first step in the Family Assessment (FA) track of child protection is to tell parents that, unlike a traditional investigation, there will be no finding of maltreatment. Workers believe this makes it easier to build relationships and engage families … Continue reading

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Governor’s Task Force and Work Group Meetings February 13th 2015

This report on the 02/13/15 meetings of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection and the Work Groups that met during that week. This is part of an ongoing blog on this process. Thanks to Dr. Lisa Hollensteiner for the … Continue reading

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The Long Road Back to Good Old Fashioned Social Work

Many child welfare changes being considered in Minnesota make sense. They include better fact-finding, broader use of strengths-based techniques, and new funding. These upgrades are necessary, but won’t automatically translate to improved practice. The issues we face require systemic reforms … Continue reading

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