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Child vs Family Dilemma

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) research shows that abuse disrupts children’s brain development in ways that often aren’t reversible. This is a reason for county child protection agencies to remove children from abusive situations. But there are also benefits to keeping … Continue reading

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Family Assessment Update

This American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children publication raises concerns about Differential Response, called Family Assessment (FA) in Minnesota. In this and other journals respected academics are saying the favorable evaluations that fueled the widespread adoption of FA … Continue reading

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Redefining Substantial Child Endangerment

This week the Minnesota legislature began updating the legal definition of Substantial Child Endangerment (SCE). Dr. Mark Hudson, director of the Children’s Hospital program that handles cases of extreme child abuse, explains the need for clearer SCE guidelines in this … Continue reading

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Children Feeling Betrayed

Children who are badly abused sometimes seek help from teachers, extended family, or social workers. When they get none they feel profoundly betrayed by adults. This can have lifelong consequences for the children and society, as this PBS story illustrates. … Continue reading

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Transparency

The Minnesota Child Protection Task Force made numerous recommendations on transparency to improve county accountability. These included county-level reporting on the number of maltreatment reports screened in, child protection cases opened, and foster care placements. Most of these reports have … Continue reading

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