County to pursue possible pilot program

Brainerd Dispatch

November 22, 2011


The Dispatch reports on a new early intervention effort that focuses on families who are in chaos but before it reaches a child protection concern. If needed, the program temporarily requires a child be taken away from parents. The program would target families with children age 3 or younger who are on the bubble and in danger of moving to chaos and then crisis. Out-of-home placements play havoc on county budgets as children are removed from homes. Then decisions are made as to their futures, whether that means they are returned to biological families, relatives or put into adoption in what human services departments now term “forever homes.” The county was approached by the Bush Foundation and Children’s Defense Fund as one of just three counties in the state targeted for intervention involving young children.
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