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Legislators examine ways to reform Minnesota's child protection system

Minnesota lawmakers are re-examining the state's child protection system following a Star Tribune report that revealed hundreds of children are harmed each year after being reunited with their parents.

Members of the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection met Monday for the first time this year for a sweeping discussion of how maltreatment reports are screened, staffing and service shortages and the state's county-based child welfare system. DFL Sen. Nicole Mitchell, who co-chairs the task force, said she doesn't want to "overcorrect" but wants the task force to offer "actual legislation on ways that we can better serve the children of Minnesota."

A dozen children who had a history with child protection died from maltreatment in 2021, the second highest number in at least a decade. Minnesota's rate of victims who have experienced repeat abuse has jumped and is twice the national average.


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