Proposed Laws in Minnesota and Other States Would Limit the Practice of Seizing Federal Benefits from Foster Youth
Across the country, local child welfare agencies like many in Minnesota are the financial representatives for foster youth eligible for federal benefits — a practice that could violate federal law.
Minnesota Bill to Create Foster Youth Ombuds Office Goes to Governor’s Desk
A bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature today would establish a new ombuds office — a watchdog agency to serve the interests of foster youth.
Minnesota Works For Quality Parenting in Foster Families
The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is based on a simple premise: kids in foster care deserve excellent parenting. The program began in 2008 and is now in 10 states, including Minnesota.
Minnesota Legislature Considers Improved Legal Help for Parents Appealing Child Welfare Cases
What No One Told You About Aging Out and Exiting the Juvenile Justice System
Young people who leave the child welfare or juvenile justice systems often face significant challenges, writes Deddtrease Edwards.
As Deadline for Federal Pandemic Relief Looms, Fosters Are Being Failed Yet Again
As a deadline approaches that ends pandemic relief for Foster youth, writer "Z" worries those in the child welfare system will slip through the cracks.
Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families
A bill defending Black families against racist practices in the child welfare system has failed to pass for a third time in the Minnesota Legislature.
We Don’t Need CPS to Address Educational Neglect
There's growing acknowledgment that parents should not lose their kids because of educational neglect. Minnesota’s Olmsted County might have a solution to get children back in the classroom, without jeopardizing family stability.
The Family Justice Gap
Those in the child welfare system should reflect on our complicity in allowing a system to separate children from their parents without due process.