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  • Rallies for Foster Care and Adoption kickoff set for Nov. 9
    November 03, 2014 - The first two Rallies for Foster Care and Adoption on Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m. at Shilo Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis will launch a series of rallies through June 2015 to increase the number of kinship, foster and adoptive families for African-American children under state guardianship in need of safe, loving homes.
  • DHS commissioner visits Redwood Falls and Mankato to discuss work to improve child welfare system
    October 29, 2014 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea are traveling the state as part of the Children’s Justice Initiative, an effort to improve services for children in the foster care system.
  • Human Services, partners host 17th annual adoption celebration
    October 27, 2014 - As part of Adoption Awareness Month, DHS and its partners in counties, and community and private agencies host Celebrate Adoption: A Circus of the Heart every November to celebrate adoption and recruit new adoptive families.
  • 2014 Food Access Summit: Making food affordable for all
    October 24, 2014 - About 500 people are expected to attend the third Food Access Summit: Organize for Equity on Oct. 28-30 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to explore, expand and engage on food access for Minnesotans with low incomes.
  • Minnesota child protection task force to meet Wednesday in Duluth
    October 21, 2014 - The recently appointed Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children is asking for public testimony about Minnesota’s child protection system at its next meeting Wednesday in Duluth.
  • Board on Aging publishes guide to health care choices booklet for Medicare open enrollment
    October 20, 2014 - The Minnesota Board on Aging has just published its 2015 edition of Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare booklet.
  • Gov. Dayton announces appointments to task force on the protection of children
    October 07, 2014 - Governor Dayton last week announced appointments to the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children.
  • Referrals for Community Action of Minneapolis customers
    October 03, 2014 - Minneapolis residents who previously received services from Community Action of Minneapolis and need assistance should call the agency or hotline listed for help with their specific needs.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Minnesota’s top health care quality ranking
    October 03, 2014 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the state’s recent top ranking for overall quality of health care in the nation by the federal Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.
  • Live Well at Home mobile app receives national award
    October 03, 2014 - A mobile app developed for the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Live Well at Home initiative with support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services recently received a merit award in the 23rd annual National Mature Media Awards Program.
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