Children and cultural competency

Department focuses on promoting positive outcomes

Positive outcomes for children are more likely when the social services are tailored to the unique needs of diverse communities. In response to concerns about children of color in Minnesota being disproportionately represented in the child welfare system, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is working on several initiatives:

  • Developing and promoting culturally competent services that strengthen families and communities. This includes publication of A Practice Guide for Working with African American Families in the Child Protection System (PDF), a tool primarily intended for use by social workers.
  • Pursuing cultural competency at the individual level through training.
  • Course catalogs that describe training for child welfare workers in cultural competency and diversity are at the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System.
  • Minnesota Child Welfare Training flyer (PDF) on cultural competency
  • Guidance on selecting a culturally competent provider
  • Culturally competent mental health services
  • Directory of Minnesota Organizations Serving Diverse Populations (PDF)
  • A 2008 Health Resources directory, created by the Refugee Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health, which includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties.
  • Coordinating efforts to eliminate the disproportionate representation of children of color in the child welfare system by supporting research, community partnerships and policy changes on disparities.
  • Administering the translation of publications and interpretation projects to involve and educate new immigrant communities about child abuse and neglect prevention and other child welfare services.
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