project: child protection
A Star Tribune examination found that child-protection authorities have failed to respond to thousands of child-abuse reports while funneling thousands of others into a program where the abuse is never investigated. The system's shortcomings have had deadly results.
Special report: On 15 occasions, day-care workers and others told Pope County's child-protection agency they suspected Eric Dean was being hurt. But it was not enough.
Bill would require better tracking of child abuse cases that are screened out without investigation.
In some cases, state says, counties could have done more to save children from abuse and neglect.
Former advocate of family assessment program says it was never meant for high-risk cases.
The deaths of 56 children from maltreatment in Minnesota since 2005 should guide changes in child protection. But the system too often fails to learn from the past.
New York, Florida and Arizona overhauled their child protection systems this year, and now Minnesota is poised to follow their lead.
Legislators want to change bill they voted for, saying they didn't know it would restrict past abuse reports.
Gov. Mark Dayton ordered random checks of county child protection decisions and created a team that can advise counties struggling with those issues.
The appointment of James Koppel comes amid reports of repeated failures of state's child protection system.
More than 30 changes are planned to improve state's child protection system.
In a sweeping reversal, Minnesota child protection workers can now review previous child abuse reports when considering how to respond to a new one. Minnesota was likely the only state in the country that barred intake workers from reviewing past cases.
Task force looks at lack of follow-up from child protection services