A Pattern in Foster Care Murders?

Minnesota media reported 17 children killed in Minnesota by maltreatment over the past 18 months. We will explore questions raised by these murders in coming weeks, including that 13 were known to child protection or other authorities. What stood out most however…

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Thanks to Our Supporters

Thanks to our supporters we raised nearly 30% more than last year at our annual fundraiser this week! At the event we also launched our three-year development drive, Safe Passage | Safe Children 2021. Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter tied together…

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Supreme Court on Interviewing Children with their Abusers

In Maryland v. Craig, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote “A state`s interest in the physical and psychological well-being of child-abuse victims may be sufficiently important to outweigh…. a defendant's right to face his or her accusers in court.'' Justice Day’s persuasive logic, and common sense, make the current practice of interviewing child abuse victims in front of their alleged abusers…


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The State’s Fair Share

In 2014 the Minnesota legislature started requiring counties to use uniform state guidelines when responding to maltreatment reports.  This has led to many more children being screened into child protection. To support this transition…


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The Total Cost of Child Welfare

Our survey of gubernatorial candidates’ positions on child welfare funding was encouraging. All three DFL’ers supported increases.  Republican Jeff Johnson wouldn’t make commitments in advance, but he supported increases for child protection and foster care as a Hennepin County Commissioner.  We haven’t received the…


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Myth of Child Safety as Priority

The mission of government child protection programs is to ensure child safety, permanency, and well-being. In practice agencies often prioritize safety, giving well-being and permanency less attention. However these three goals form a single integrated process that can’t be divided.  For example when safety oriented programs…

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Why So Many Foster Care Deaths?

In recent weeks an unnamed 3-year old girl was starved to death by these foster parents, six-year old Justin Burland was slowly tortured to death in an informal but court-approved placement, and infant Josephine was killed when her mother went to prison and left the baby in her cousin’s care. Factors contributing to these deaths include that…

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