These meaningful observations from Safe Passages for Children will go a long way toward improving the lives of our at risk children.


Dear Safe Passage Supporter,

Today I’m asking you to help ensure that Minnesota’s child welfare system continues making progress towards better outcomes for children and families.

During 2016 contributions from our supporters enabled us to keep the reforms recommended by the Governor’s Child Protection Task Force moving forward. Much progress was made.

Yet many of the Task Force recommendations have not yet been adopted.

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Your donation will ensure that our volunteers can keep working for the changes needed to produce good outcomes for children and their families.

Thank you for your investment in Minnesota’s children.

Rich Gehrman
Executive Director – Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota


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In 2012 Hennepin County launched Hennepin Health, a program to improve health care for homeless people by integrating services across county agencies. It’s the kind of ‘breaking down silos’ objective that is often discussed but seldom achieved.

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To rebuild the Minnesota child welfare system so children are safe and reach their full potential.

There will always be a group of Minnesota citizens who advocate on behalf of victims of child maltreatment, and who will hold counties and the state accountable for continuously improving outcomes for these children and their families.

Our goal is to build a child protection and foster care system in Minnesota that

continuously improves the lives of children, as demonstrated by objective, measurable outcomes. If the system is working well children’s outcomes will improve over time.

The following are major milestones for achieving this goal:

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  1. By 2017 all children will be periodically assessed for their level of trauma starting when they first enter child protection.
  2. By 2019 all children in the system will be periodically assessed for improvements in their cognitive and physical development, as well as in measures of behavioral and mental health.
  3. Workers and supervisors will be accountable for improving these outcomes for individual children as monitored through quality reviews and updates to the courts.
  4. Counties will be accountable for improving outcomes for children in their caseloads overall as shown by summary reports.

In subsequent years our goal is to continue to monitor outcomes at the county and state levels, and advocate for necessary budget allocations, practice improvements, and related resources to ensure that the child protection system is continually improving its response to children.