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Minnesota

Minnesota Bill to Create Foster Youth Ombuds Office Goes to Governor’s Desk

5/11/2022

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

3/29/2022

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 Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn introduced successful legislation to guarantee low-income parents have a right to counsel in child welfare cases. Photo courtesy of Minnesota House Public Information.

3/15/2022

Minnesota Legislature Considers Improved Legal Help for Parents Appealing Child Welfare Cases

Minnesota Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn introduced successful legislation to guarantee low-income parents have a right to counsel in child welfare cases. Photo courtesy of Minnesota House Public Information.
Beginning next year, low-income parents accused of abuse and neglect in Minnesota will be entitled to court-appointed attorneys at all stages of child protection proceedings — including appeals.

What No One Told You About Aging Out and Exiting the Juvenile Justice System

1/6/2022

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

9/9/2021

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

8/23/2021

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

8/18/2021

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.

child welfare work celebrated

8/4/2021

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.

Minnesota Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn introduced successful legislation to guarantee low-income parents have a right to counsel in child welfare cases. Photo courtesy of Minnesota House Public Information.

8/3/2021

New Law Gives Low-Income Minnesotans Access to Attorneys in Child Welfare Cases

A new Minnesota law guarantees access to court-appointed lawyers for low-income parents who are facing allegations of child abuse and neglect.