News and updates on the DHS efforts to assist Minnesota’s families and children.
To celebrate foster families, DHS and five counties — Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott — are working with professional sports teams to host special events. On May 18, foster families attended the Fourth Annual Celebrate Foster Families at the Minnesota United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer match at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. Families participated in a soccer clinic for all youth with Tony Sanneh, former professional player, and a professional soccer match and family fun activities. On June 9, foster families will attend the Third Annual Celebrate Foster Families St. Paul Saints vs. Wichita Wingnuts game at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. More information about Foster Care Month and a video are online.
Action taken by DHS, providers, and local partners to address a dramatic increase in the deaths of infants in child care has helped to stall the alarming trend, according to the 2012 annual report on licensing activities by the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) (PDF). Infant deaths occurring in child care settings was one of four “emergent issues” identified in the report released April 3. More information is in a news release about the report.