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Resources from Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Children tab has policy information within that section.

Other DHS resources are listed below.

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Minnesota Budget Bites Blog

An initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota Budget Project provides independent research, analysis, and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income Minnesotans and the organizations that serve them.

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Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota (CDF-MN)

CDF-MN is a non-profit child advocacy organization that focuses solely on the needs of children. View their policy priorities for Minnesota’s children.

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Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC)

The CLC represents children involved in child welfare. They frequently post child welfare-related bill analyses and updates from Minnesota’s legislative sessions.

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Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA)

MACSSA is a statewide association made up of county public social service directors or other administrative designees. Prior to each legislative session, MACSSA posts their legislative positions.

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Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA)

MSSA was established to share best practices from Minnesota and elsewhere to improve care to clients involved in human services. Each session they develop a public policy agenda.

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Child Care Aware of Minnesota

In the past, Child Care Aware of Minnesota has provided a Bill Tracker for bills related to early care and education and school-age care issues.

National Policy Resources

This resource from Casey Family Programs provides state child welfare policy information for all 50 states via an interactive map. Topics include:

  • Child welfare financing
  • Differential response
  • Older youth in foster care
  • Fostering Connections policies
  • Mandated reporting

Visit the State Child Welfare Policy Database

See which bills at the national level have been signed, vetoed, or are still pending.

Visit the The White House Legislative Tracker

Three websites offer the public the ability to search for and track bills. These are:

The Chronicle of Social Change is an online blog covering matters related to child welfare, juvenile justice, and other areas impacting children, youth, and families. Their staff cover child welfare-related bills at the federal level and provide analyses of these bills.

Visit The Chronicle of Social Change

The Child Welfare League of America blogs about policy-related news and information at the Capitol. Their posts cover committee hearings, legislation, human services budgets and financing, and policy analyses.

Visit Children’s Monitor

SPARC is an initiative funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation. SPARC focuses on informed advocacy at the state level in order to develop better policies to improve outcomes for children. They develop policy briefs regularly on national issues using state examples.

Visit SPARC