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Reduce Caseloads the Right Way

Counties say caseloads are exploding but they don’t have legislative support for more funding. We think they should ask for whatever resources they need. But they might get more traction if they also support initiatives to reduce child maltreatment. For … Continue reading

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Hennepin Shows It Can Be Done

In 2012 Hennepin County launched Hennepin Health, a program to improve health care for homeless people by integrating services across county agencies. It’s the kind of ‘breaking down silos’ objective that is often discussed but seldom achieved. This article describes … Continue reading

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Gift for Children

The best gift the state could give vulnerable children in 2017 is high quality child care. Research shows that neglect victims who receive quality child care move from having a mild deficit to the normal range in language development, which … Continue reading

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Courts Playing Catch Up

We get a steady stream of concerns about the courts from foster parents, grandparents, and others with temporary custody of children. New legislation gives priority to child safety and well-being. But many courts still permit reunification procedures to drag out … Continue reading

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Caution on Gold Standard

Policy makers often prefer that public funds be spent only on Evidence Based Interventions (EBIs) – meaning services that meet the “gold standard” of research. This usually refers to studies that have control groups and have been replicated. However using … Continue reading

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