Number of children waiting for adoption nearly quadruples in Hennepin County
The number of children in Hennepin County waiting to be adopted has nearly quadrupled since 2009, to 339 children this year — the highest number in recent years, according to new county data.
The jump follows increases system wide. The county is on pace to end 2016 with more than 21,400 child-protection reports, double the number from 2008. The number of children placed in foster care or in other out-of-home placements is up 65 percent since 2014.
And cases involving maltreatment are up 99 percent since 2009, amounting this year to nearly 2,900 cases.