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Tuesday, July 25 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Discussing Disparities in Minnesota’s Child Welfare System

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Minnesota has been touted as one of the best places in the nation to live it terms of affordability, health, opportunity and wealth. At the same time, reports consistently emerge demonstrating that people of color in Minnesota experience significantly higher than average rates of poverty, lower high school graduation rates, low rates of home ownership, significant racial income gaps and higher involvement in the criminal justice system. In our child welfare system, American Indian and African American children have the highest rates of contact with the child protection system, are more likely to be assigned to a family investigation, have higher out of home placement rates and higher re-entry rates and are more likely to enter guardianship. As professionals who care deeply about children in Minnesota we have the knowledge, passion and desire to understand these disparities and work towards addressing them. Join us to learn about the disparities that overwhelmingly impact the Native American and African American communities and discuss what we can do as passionate professionals to take the first steps towards change.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Social welfare history, research and data
  • Importance of these disparities to child welfare work
  • What we can do to advocate for a better child welfare model in Minnesota

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Kelis Houston

Cultural Specialist, 1st District Guardian Ad Litem
Kelis Houston is Founder of Village Arms. A Christ-centered non-profit organization dedicated to aiding and assisting African American youth and families impacted by child protection. Village Arms was created in response to the over representation of African American youth involved with child protection and the inequitable outcomes that result. | Kelis began her career in the human services field in 2005 and has since been a voice for marginalized communities... Read More →
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Christina Zeise

Executive Director, Minnesota Social Service Association
Christina Zeise is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA). Christina has worked in the health and human service field for over 19 years. Her professional experiences include non-profit management, county government, grant writing, public policy... Read More →

Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 204
  • Level Beginner to Intermediate

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