Minnesota’s Out-of-Home Care and Permanency Report 2016: Children and Family Services.
Minnesota Children and Family Services. Minnesota Department of Human Services. Child Safety and Permanency Division.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: October 2017
The annual report provides information on children placed in out-of-home care in Minnesota in 2016, 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 15,004 children who experienced 15,654 placement episodes during 2016; from 2015 to 2016, there was a 10.2% increase in the overall number of children who experienced out-of-home care; 7,441 children in 7,843 placement episodes began a placement in 2016, and 7,811 children in placement episodes continued in care in 2016; White children remain the largest group, both entering care (48.7%) and continuing in care (42.1% )in 2016; compared to White children, American Indian children were 17.6 times more likely to experience care and African-American children were over 3 .1 times more likely to experience care; parental drug abuse was the primary reason for 27.1% of new episodes, and alleged neglect accounted for 24.5%; 48.5% of all children who entered care in 2016 spent time in a non-relative family foster setting and 43.2% spent time in a relative family foster setting; there were 6,023 unique children in 6,246 placement episodes that ended in 2016; of the placement episodes that ended, 41.8% lasted six months or less; 63% placements that ended in 2016 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. 14 tables, 25 figures, and 16 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