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Lawsuit Tells Children’s Stories

The class action lawsuit filed against Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Human Services by A Better Childhood (ABC) alleges systemic failures to protect children and provide required services. For over 30 years, ABC and its predecessor organizations have … Continue reading

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Who Doesn’t Benefit from Evidence-Based Practices?

Some legislators and foundations prefer to fund Evidence-Based interventions (EBI’s), meaning programs that have extensive university research behind them. However grassroots programs that are good at engaging hard-to-reach groups often don’t become EBIs, partly because research funding favors replicable models … Continue reading

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Class Action Lawsuit Jolt to System

Yesterday advocates from A Better Childhood (ABC) filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Hennepin County and Department of Human Services (DHS) child welfare programs are in “chaos”. We hoped this day wouldn’t come. Typically these lawsuits take 16 years to conclude. … Continue reading

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Donny and Martha

Locked in adjacent rooms, siblings Donny and Martha didn’t see each other for seven years.  They escaped to the runaway house where I worked.  We gave them all the support we could, but too much damage was done.  They joined … Continue reading

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Are Child Welfare Reforms Actually Happening?

In 2015 the Governor’s Child Protection Task Force recommended reforms in three areas: Structural improvements such as developing a Child Protection Training Academy Practice changes, e.g. requiring agreement from the County Attorney before workers can close cases where parents are … Continue reading

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