What's Coming in 2018
Here are some major child welfare developments we anticipate for Minnesota in 2018.
We should see progress on statewide reforms.The state's largest jurisdiction, Hennepin County, is on course to improve its program significantly. The Department of Human Services appears more inclined to embrace reforms and exert a stronger leadership role. And many more children are receiving child protection and foster care services thanks to recent program improvements.
So far however neither legislators nor Governor Mark Dayton support more funding for caseworkers, foster parents, or support services. And, a projected $118 million deficit makes it harder to advocate for resources.
This year's wild card is a proposed class action lawsuit, which might force the state to add money to the system.
Upcoming e-briefs will have more on these topics.