Audit: Child-welfare checks uneven in Minnesota

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2012 - 10:40 PM

Audit urges state to unify county and tribal standards in handling abuse and neglect allegations.

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jbpaperFeb. 21, 12 8:45 PM

"It was a virtual 50-50 split, for example, on whether agencies would investigate a claim of a small child found wandering a block from home." --- Of course there is going to be split, a lot depends on where it happens. A small child wandering around a tight knit neighborhood in a small town is lot different than one wandering around downtown Minneapolis.

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joeljyFeb. 21, 1210:43 PM

Also...DHS need to look closely at Child Abuse and Neglect in facilities...Children's Residential Treatment Facilities have deplorable records of neglect and abuse... most recently St. Cloud Children's Home....

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infowarsFeb. 22, 1211:35 AM

You mean wealth re-distribution isn't done fairly?

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mickeymc12Mar. 18, 12 6:36 PM

There is a definite need for reform and standards for "screening out" and investigating reports to child protection. I have 4 great grandchildren who were in an abusive situation for nearly 8 years before a trip to the emergency room resulted in a removal from their parent's care. Over those 8 years, nearly 50 reports had been made with this family, with most reports screened out. Services were continutally thrown at this family to no avail. These children were in a miserable situation for so long - physical and verbal abuse, neglect just to mention a few things. They are now in an adoptive home, but will struggle for years with Fetal Alcohol syndrome, Reactive Attacment Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress, depression anxiety, ADHD and one has a seizure disorder. Lack of treatment and their environment has resulted in many many problems for these children. Appropriate investigation and action on the part of our county would have resulted in removal far sooner, with a much better prognosis for the future. Instead, these children will require society's support possibly for the rest of their lives. Wake up Minnesota - a low number of child protection investigations does not mean we are doing a good job of taking care of our children and preventing abuse. Quite the opposite! Concerned Grandma

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