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July 2012

New foster care legislation in Minnesota, part 2

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:15+00:00 July 18th, 2012|Categories: Stability, Permanency, and Adoption|Tags: , , , , , , |

On Monday, we highlighted some of the changes to the foster care statutes that were passed in the 2012 legislative session in Minnesota. This post will continue the focus on the foster care changes that were made. Many of the changes impact relatives. Changes to the law regarding relative search include: The court may now [...]

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Summary of 2012 Foster Care Legislation in MN, part 1

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:15+00:00 July 16th, 2012|Categories: Stability, Permanency, and Adoption|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Significant changes were made to the foster care statutes in the last legislative session. This post will summarize part of the new legislation changes, and more will come in a future post. Several definitions were amended: "Child" was amended to include references to other statutes allowing youth to remain in foster care to age 21."Sibling" [...]

Summary of MN DHS 2012 Adoption legislation bulletin

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:15+00:00 July 6th, 2012|Categories: Stability, Permanency, and Adoption|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few weeks ago, we updated you on the new Adoption Assistance legislation that will go into effect in August 2012. Today we will summarize some of the other child welfare legislation that was enacted in the same legislative session. We will cover adoption policies in this post and in an upcoming post we will [...]

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April 2012

A Closer Look at the HHS Omnibus Bills

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:18+00:00 April 17th, 2012|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , |

Earlier this month, the House Research and Senate Counsel, Research, and Fiscal Analysis legislative offices published "side-by-side" comparisons of the House and Senate Health and Human Service Omnibus bills. As of last week the Senate File (2039) has been absorbed by the House File (2294). Because of this, the following overview of the side-by-side comparison [...]

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Proposed: Minnesota Social Work License Requirements

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:18+00:00 April 3rd, 2012|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , |

S.F. 753 was introduced by Senator Rosen on March 14, 2011. If enacted, this law would require those who engage in social work or are presented to the public as a social worker become licensed by the MN Board of Social Work by July 1, 2016. This would apply to those who are newly employed [...]

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March 2012

Foster Care Moratorium Exception to Provide Care for Children with Severe Autism

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:18+00:00 March 6th, 2012|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , |

On Monday, March 5th the Minnesota Senate held a hearing on S.F. 1412 which was introduced by Senator Senjem. The purpose of the bill is to create an exception to the foster care moratorium to allow the licensing of facilities that serve children with severe autism. *A moratorium on new child and adult corporate foster [...]

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February 2012

Child Protection Screening Report

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:18+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

On Tuesday, February 21, the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released their evaluation report on Child Protection Screening. That same day,The Health and Human Services Reform Committee heard testimony from eight individuals representing agencies ranging from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to local nonprofits. The purpose of the Committee hearing was to present [...]

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S.F. 1675 Children and family services modifications

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:18+00:00 February 21st, 2012|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , |

Minnesota Senate File 1675 was heard on February 15th and February 21st. This bill has a number of amendments that affect child welfare. Click here to see the full bill text. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Here are a few of the pieces of the bill that were discussed in [...]

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