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June 2012 Archives

On August 1, 2012 changes to Minnesota law regarding continuing foster care past age 18 ("extended foster care") will go into effect. The new statutes amend previous laws in order to implement the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act requirements: Eligibility & Requirements Youth are ineligible if they can safely return home, receive adult services due to...
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The Minnesota Department of Human Services has just released two bulletins summarizing the 2012 children and family services legislation & the 2012 adoption assistance legislation. Most of the new changes are effective August 1 or 2, 2012, with the exception of Jacob's Law, which is effective July 1, 2012. For our child welfare-related summaries of this legislation, see our S.F....
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Today is World Refugee Day. At the end of 2011, 15.2 million people were refugees, with 46% being children under the age of 18. Currently it is estimated that there are more than 70,500 refugees in Minnesota; more than 3 million refugees have entered the U.S. since the Refugee Act of 1980 was passed. The current refugee ceiling (or limit)...
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An article today from Child Welfare in the News discussed the issue of considering religion in adoptive placements in Israel. Currently in Israel, parents and adopted children must be of the same religion, meaning that non-Jewish children who are adopted by Jews must be converted to Judaism: "Those adopting non-Jewish children must convert them through a special Orthodox rabbinical court...
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On June 7, 2012, CASCW co-sponsored a reflective seminar on the role of supportive housing in the lives of at-risk adolescents and vulnerable families. For a summary of the seminar, as well as implications for children & families experiencing homelessness (in terms of supportive housing as a tool to increase permanency and stability), please see our Stability, Permanency, and Adoption...
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The Obama administration announced today a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy change that will positively impact young undocumented immigrants. The DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, sent a memo to the directors of CBP, USCIS, and ICE stating that DHS will use its prosecutorial discretion to stop deporting certain young undocumented immigrants, provided they meet certain criteria:Came to the U.S. prior...
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This is just one question being asked on our Child Welfare Video Wall. Several people have already responded, saying it is the lack of funding available as well as continual funding cuts: "[F]unding...[O]ur national priorities...don't seem to be supporting those families and children in our society who are the most vulnerable." --Wendy"With funding being cut every day...you're being called on...
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Extended Foster Care

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Hello! My name is Megan Carriveau, and I am an MSW student interning part time this summer at CASCW. When I am not at CASCW, I am interning at Hennepin County Social Services Extended Foster Care Unit. As a way to introduce myself and my interests, I wanted to briefly discuss how Hennepin County has implemented the Fostering Connections to...
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Brain Hero!

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As a follow-up to the May 22 McEvoy Lecture on "Are We 'Immune to Change'? Coordinating Minnesota Systems of Care to Promote Healthy Development in Young Children," I'd like to direct readers to an excellent visual resource, Brain Hero, a 3-minute-long video that shows how brain development can be positively and negatively impacted by outside forces, and that healthy brain...
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