Increases in children in out-of-home care
More children are entering the foster care system in Minnesota. While some children are in the system to address their mental health concerns and juvenile correctional issues, most of the children are there because they have been abused and neglected, and need safe and nurturing homes until they can return safely home to their birth parents – who may be working through struggles with chemical abuse, mental health, poverty and other stressors – or to another permanent home. A disproportionate number of African American and American Indian children are in foster care.
During this time, foster parents are critical. The upswing in the number of children in foster care clearly puts more stress on every county’s capacity to provide safe, nurturing environments that children need. Counties need more Minnesotans to become foster parents.