What the Hennepin County Settlement Changes
New foster care protocols and standards
Additional services for foster care case plans
Oversight committees to ensure compliance
Initiatives to maintain parent-child relationships during placements
Shelter care reforms
These structural changes will take awhile to evaluate, but other provisions should have an immediate impact.
For example, cases that are reported twice within a year must be screened in and offered services, so multiple allegations of maltreatment will start showing up in the statistics. And, if parents refuse needed services their case will go to the County Attorney for possible court action.
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