Minnesota’s Out-of-Home Care and Permanency Report 2015: Children and Family Services.
Minnesota Children and Family Services. Minnesota Department of Human Services. Child Safety and Permanency Division.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: January 2017
Minnesota Department of Human Services
444 Lafayette Road North
St Paul, MN 55155
The annual report provides information on children placed in out-of-home care in Minnesota in 2015, and highlights the work that happens across the State to ensure and promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children who experience out-of-home care. Findings from the report indicate: there were 13,612 children who experienced 14,354 placement episodes during 2015; from 2014 to 2015, there was an 11.8% increase in the overall number of children who experienced out-of-home care; 7,330 children in 7,776 placement episodes began a placement in 2015, and 6,577 children in placement episodes continued in care in 2015; White children remain the largest group, both entering care (48.6%) and continuing in care (41.9% )in 2015; compared to White children, American Indian children were 16.9 times more likely to experience care and African-American children were over 3 .4 times more likely to experience care; the most common primary reasons for new out-of-home care episodes beginning in 2015 were alleged neglect (24.2 % and parental drug abuse (21.6%); 49.3% of all children who entered care in 2015 spent time in a non-relative family foster setting and 36% spent time in a relative family foster setting; there were 5,763 unique children in 6,022 placement episodes that ended in 2015; of the placement episodes that ended, 49.1% lasted six months or less; 67.7% placements that ended in 2015 did so because a child was able to safely return home to their parents or other primary caregivers; and 21.3% of the other placement episodes ended with child being adopted, living with relatives, or transfer of permanent legal and physical custody to a relative. 16 tables, 26 figures, and 13 references.
Minnesota; statistics; foster children; out of home care; adoption; child placement; kinship care; placement stability; racial factors; child neglect; substance abusing parents; risk factors; family reunification