Here are some developments in Minnesota’s child protection and foster care programs that we are grateful for this Thanksgiving:
10,800 more children annually are getting a visit from a child protection worker than prior to the reforms.
1,065 additional vulnerable infants and toddlers are getting scholarships to quality child care programs, with a goal of 3,640 more.
Many skilled caseworkers and foster parents stayed with counties despite the enormous pressures they faced.
Hennepin County made a major commitment to program improvements:
Reached out to the community to rebuild trust
Expanded its management team and added capable and experienced staff
Reduced worker turnover and caseload sizes
Added $13.2 million to the budget with a prevention focus.
It’s a good time to remember where real progress is happening.
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