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Minnesota Foster Care Articles & Statistics


• In Minnesota, approximately 185 children each week go into foster care.
-Department of Human Services

• Over 50% of Minnesota’s homeless youth have been in foster care.
-Wilder Research Center

• In Minnesota, 4,370 children were abused or neglected in 2007.
-Department of Human Services

• In 2008, Minnesota had 1,505 state wards – children whose parents’ rights have been terminated.
-Department of Human Services

• In Minnesota, approximately 2,000 children “age out” of the foster care system every year(1), of which 38% do not have a plan to get health insurance, a job, housing or a driver’s license (2).
-Minnesota Youth Services Association (1) -Minnesota Interagency Committee on Adolescent Transition (2)

In 2007, both relative and non-relative foster parents provided temporary care to approximately 10,200 children in family foster care in Minnesota.


2010 Snapshots on Minnesota Youth-Minnesota and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Comparison- SURVIVAL AND HEALTH  RIGHTS

The 2010 Snapshots on Minnesota Youth series deviates from the previous topic-specific format and explores how Minnesota fares with the rights and protections afforded all children under the United Nation’s Convention for the Rights of the Child.