Minnesota Star Tribune
Minnesota Wrestles with Foster Care’s Role in Breaking up Black Families
On Dec. 3, a 28-year-old black mother lost her parental rights to her four children – ages 1 to 9 – in a Minnesota courtroom, just outside the Twin Cities. Instead of opening presents with their mother, the children spent Christmas with a white family two hours away.
Are Child Protection Quotas Endangering Minnesota Children?
In 2000, Minnesota launched a pilot for its now statewide differential response (DR) program. DR is a popular child protection strategy with mixed results, in which help is offered to abusive or neglectful parents, but rarely forced upon them.
Not For Your Consideration
Minnesota responds to three in ten reports of child abuse. Could a policy that precludes consideration of prior allegations be to blame? Faced with serious concerns about its response to reports of child abuse, Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) will consider amending a critical line in its guidance on child abuse screening this summer.