Contact Person: Mary Doyle
Contact Address: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Contact Phone: 651-431-4704
Founded In: September,
funded using CAPTA funds.
Five county based panels - state steering committee
Examples of Work Projects or Focuses of the Minnesota Citizen Review Panels:
- Assist with the reviews of requests for reconsideration of maltreatment findings.
- Study recidivism of families in child protection and explore options to improve outcomes for children.
- Conduct case reviews and make recommendations to reduce the re-entry rate of children to foster care.
- Evaluate and promote the involvement of non-custodial parents (most often fathers) in child protection cases.
- Monitor the county and state Child Protection Program Improvement Plans.
- Sponsor training to managers, directors and supervisors in community schools, medical clinics, hospitals, agencies and organizations about the importance of training their mandated reporters.
- Participate in the Administrative Reviews of youth in foster care.
- Promote consistent and adequate child welfare financing.
- Understand racial disparities in child protection services and communicate this understanding to others.
- Look at the child protection intake process to determine if the practices ensure the safety of the children.
- Advocate for Independent Living Skills resources for youth aging out of foster care.
- Work with a coalition of groups to determine how to increase safe sleep practices among families in the child protection system or in families at risk of being involved in the child protection system.
- Inform youth who have aged out of the system of their new health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
The link below to the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Citizen Review Panels' Web site includes the annual reports and the responses to those reports from the Department.
Minnesota Citizen Review Panels, external link, CRP reports at bottom of page