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The Child Welfare Policy Blog was developed as a way to disseminate relevant child welfare-related policy information to child welfare practitioners and supervisors.

March 2017

Session Highlights: Bills of Interest to Child Welfare Professionals Being Considered

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Minnesota Legislature continues its work sifting through thousands of bills to consider for passage. We are currently tracking nearly 40 bills that are relevant to the child welfare field. The Minnesota Management and Budget office’s budget forecast has increased from December’s projection to $1.65 billion. This means that the governor and the legislature have [...]

February 2017

ESSA Update: State Continues to Seek Community Guidance for Implementation

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , |

The new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were reviewed by state officials and community members throughout Minnesota over the past year, with several groups meeting to determine how Minnesota would implement the requirements of this federal legislation. Key provisions included in ESSA were outlined in our blog post titled Every Student Succeeds [...]

Session Updates: Bills Introduced Related to Child Welfare

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

Over 1000 bills have been introduced in the House so far and nearly 900 in the Senate in Minnesota, and committees have been meeting regularly to determine their priorities for this budget-setting session. Three deadlines have been established for committees. The first, March 10, is the date by which committees must determine which bills they’d [...]

Newly Released: Updated Screening Guidelines and Minnesota’s Out-of-home Care and Permanency Report (2015)

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has recently released a revised version of the Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines for use by county and tribal child protection agencies in Minnesota. A full listing of the changes from the previous version of these guidelines are included in the January 5th, 2017, bulletin. [...]

January 2017

2017 Legislative Session Begins

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , |

Minnesota’s 2017 legislative session began on January 3 with a number of new legislators and a Republican majority in both houses. This year begins a new two-year biennium session, in which the legislature sets the budget for the state for the next two years. And it marks a return to the Capitol, after the majority [...]

Moral Injury and Child Welfare

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guest blog post written by Erin Sugrue, MPP, MSW, LICSW, and Wendy Haight, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. The Case of Brandon 12-year-old Brandon was receiving counseling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following his placement in foster care. Brandon’s parents [...]

December 2016

Low Health & Mental Health Literacy in Asian American Immigrant Families: Implications on Children’s Health and Mental Health Equity

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , |

Guest blog post written by Hee Yun Lee, PhD & Raiza Beltran, MPH,  School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. According to the U.S. Census, from 1990 to 2013, the U.S. immigrant population doubled to 4.3 million, comprising thirteen percent of the total U.S. population. [...]

October 2016

Law Enforcement’s Role in Removals & Defining Substantial Child Endangerment

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Updates on the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection The Legislative Task Force on Child Protection met on September 28, 2016, to continue seeking input and monitoring progress of the recommendations set forth by the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection. KSTP reporter Katherine Johnson was there to observe the discussion, and [...]