The Minnesota Department of Human Services produces bulletins, fact sheets and other publications on a wide variety of human services issues.

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Minnesota Child Welfare Continuous Improvement Brief: Examining Child Re-entry into Out-of-home Care

The Minnesota Child Welfare Continuous Improvement Brief Examining Child Re-entry into Out-of-home Care examines Minnesota’s outcomes related to children who re-enter out-of-home care.  Preventing re-entry into out-of-home care is important for children’s social and emotional well-being. Yet, Minnesota’s re-entry rate has been persistently high and is in need of improvement. This brief examines the characteristics of children who re-enter out-of-home care, presents data analysis as to the experience of re-entry, reviews promising practices and includes recommendations that could be helpful in predicting and thus reducing re-entry.

Disproportional representation studied

In response to continuing concern about disproportional representation of children by race and ethnicity in the public child welfare system, the Minnesota Department of Human Services collected and analyzed four years of data (2005-2008) about how children are faring and issued a report, “Minnesota Child Welfare Disparities Report,” (PDF) in February 2010. The report identifies areas where progress has been made and areas where disproportional representation persists. Collaboration and community-led supports are seen as essential to future progress in overcoming disparities.

Report examines challenges and success of children with disabilities

Improving the overall experience for children with disabilities and special health care needs is the focus of the report, “Children with Disabilities Involved in the Child Welfare Continuum.” (PDF).This population receives services from various professionals and entities, some of which are involved in collaborative efforts, while many are not. The report specifically looks at data in reference to age, disability type, county, gender, race/ethnicity, child protection response path, child maltreatment determinations and the number of disabilities the child has.

Mandated reporter training now available

Minnesota law requires workers in a number of professions, including health care, social service, psychological treatment, child care, education, corrections, law enforcement and clergy, to report suspected child maltreatment. To help mandated reporters better understand the law and reporting requirements, An Interactive Informational Guide for Mandated Reporting is available. This comprehensive training is organized in six modules: an overview of Minnesota’s child protection system, the intersection of poverty and neglect and a discussion of racial disparities, the basics of mandated reporting, physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. The training is flexible, allowing users to navigate to any module at any time. After downloading the file, users are advised that if the navigation toolbar does not display at the bottom of the screen, to reduce the computer’s task bar. Using the mouse, place the cursor on the top edge of the task bar until a double-headed arrow appears. Then drag downwards to collapse the toolbar and a navigation toolbar for the presentation will become visible.

Practice guides

  • A Practice Guide for Working with African American Families in the Child Welfare System (PDF)
  • Child and Family Visitation: A Practice Guide to Support Lasting Reunification and Preserving Family Connections for Children in Foster Care (PDF)
  • Engaging Families in Voluntary Child Welfare Services
  • Family-centered Practice Guide: Engaging, Assessing and Building Strengths with Families (PDF)
  • Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Model (PDF)
  • Practice Guide for Concurrent Permanency Planning (PDF)
  • Child protection statistical reports

  • Minnesota’s Out-of-home Care and Permanency Report 2015 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Maltreatment Report 2015 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2014 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2013 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2012 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2011 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2010 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2009 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2008 (PDF)
  • Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report 2007 (PDF)
  • Child Safety and Permanency

  • 2015-2019 Minnesota Child and Family Services Plan (PDF)
  • Minnesota Annual Progress and Services Report, 2014 (PDF)
  • Attachment A to the Annual Progress and Services Report, 2014 (PDF)
  • Child and Family Services Review
  • Child Mortality Review

    See the Child Morality Review Panel page for these reports.

    Children and Community Services Act (CCSA) Annual Performance Reports

  • Calendar Year 2009 Data Report
  • Other publications

  • Coordinating the Screening Requirements for Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Delay (Part C) (PDF)
  • Fact sheet: Concurrent Permanency Planning: Reducing disruption for children
  • Families Guide to Child Protection (PDF)
  • Guidelines for Responding to Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence (PDF)
  • Minnesota Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines (PDF)
  • • Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide to Mandated Reports (PDF)
  • Working with Fathers: A Program Improvement Resource (PDF)
  • Your Rights as Parents (PDF)
  • County performance in context
  • *Terminology disclaimer
    The terminology used to describe people with disabilities has changed over time. The Minnesota Department of Human Service (“Department”) supports the use of “People First” language. Although outmoded and offensive terms might be found within documents on the Department’s website, the Department does not endorse these terms.

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