Coordinate Child Protection and Law Enforcement
Some counties, including Hennepin and Stearns, currently coordinate police/child protection communications to some degree. But all of Minnesota’s many child protection and law enforcement agencies need ways to reach each other during crises – particularly outside business hours – to ascertain for example if there is already a plan for where children should go in an emergency, or a relative who isn’t supposed to take them.
This won’t happen organically. The Department of Human Services should initiate a project to help local agencies develop communication protocols tailored to their situations.