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Don’t Forget Youth

Last week MY Generation founder Lucina Kayee organized a forum on “Disenfranchisement of Black and Indigenous Foster Youth”. Three panelists told an overflow crowd how the system did or (mostly) didn’t help them while growing up in foster care. This … Continue reading

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Governor’s Budget for Children

This week Governor Mark Dayton released his 2018-2019 budget. Some proposals benefit vulnerable children including: $12.5M initially for home visiting to improve teen parenting skills, increasing to $25.5M by 2021 $12.1M increase in child care rates, growing to $50.6M by … Continue reading

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The Child Neglect Dilemma

Contrary to a common assumption, neglect is not less damaging than abuse. Research shows neglect victims have lifelong problems because they miss developmental milestones around language, self-control, and bonding with others. A constant dilemma in neglect cases is whether to … Continue reading

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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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