Indian Child Welfare


The 2011 Child Welfare Report provides data on children involved in Minnesota’s child welfare system, including child protection, foster care and adoption programs.

While the total number of children who experience out-of-home care has decreased 34 percent since 2002, the number of American Indian children continues to be overrepresented in foster care. American Indian children represent 1.6 percent of the Minnesota child population but are 13 times more likely than Caucasian children to be placed in foster care.

For more information see Child Welfare Report to the 2012 Minnesota Legislature (PDF).

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