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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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Counties Step Up

Hennepin County is requesting more child protection workers in its 2017 budget, on top of the 120 staff they funded since mid-2015. St. Louis County just added 20 caseworkers in mid-budget cycle. These county-funded positions are in addition to the … Continue reading

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Outside Review Needed

Representatives of counties and the Department of Human Services recently presented the Minnesota legislature with a revised plan for implementing the Governor’s Child Protection Task Force recommendations. It proposed $500,000 for an already agreed-upon outside review of screening practices (Recommendation … Continue reading

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Not Fade Away

Two years ago the Star Tribune drew attention to numerous deaths from child abuse, and Governor Mark Dayton appointed a Task Force to address the problems. Many assumed this attention would eventually wane, and business as usual would resume. This … Continue reading

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Reduce Burden on Caseworkers

Credible reports indicate that Minnesota’s child protection and foster care workers spend over 50% of their time entering data into the Social Services Information System (SSIS). 10%-20% is normal. We hope the state will consider a ‘reengineering’ project to reduce … Continue reading

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