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Measuring Outcomes for Children

Learning to measure outcomes for children in child protection and foster care is easy to say, hard to do. It will require training, data collection, new reporting – and time. But this information is critical for knowing whether children’s cognitive … Continue reading

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Is Less Foster Care Good?

The Family First Prevention Act has a number of good provisions, but like other well-intended initiatives it creates disincentives for states to use foster care. But what if a well-matched placement with a skilled foster parent is exactly what a … Continue reading

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Avoid Other Extreme on Reforms

As previously reported, workers at a recent rally alleged that Hennepin County was screening cases into child protection that did not involve maltreatment. We have heard similar concerns from others, for example opening cases on families only because they are … Continue reading

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Ways to Support Hennepin County Workers

Last week 60 Hennepin County child protection workers rallied for lower caseloads and a more supportive work environment. Caseloads are increasing despite adding 100 new workers because turnover is high. One way the County could help the workplace feel more … Continue reading

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Foster Care Assets and Challenges

This Star Tribune article honors the great work being done by many Minnesota foster parents. It also illustrates two separate structural problems with foster care: increased demand and reduced reimbursement. Increased demand is one more result of recent reforms, as … Continue reading

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