Children in the Family Assessment Response Program

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Definitions: Unique count of children whose families participated in Family Assessment (FA). FA is a strengths-based and family focused alternative within the child protection system where no determination of maltreatment is made. In these situations, a county worker meets with all family members together to discuss and assess child safety concerns and review the family’s strengths and needs.

Data Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota's Child Welfare Report (annual).

Footnotes: State law encourages the use of Family Assessment, except in situations that involve alleged egregious harm, sexual abuse, and maltreatment in a child daycare or foster care home.

Number listed under Faribault County and Martin County is a combined figure representing the sum of cases in both counties. Number listed under Lincoln, Lyon and Murray Counties is a combined figure representing the sum of cases in all three counties.

Family Assessment Response was implemented statewide starting in 2005. Data prior to 2005 do not exist.