In 2013, about 8 in 1,000 children under age 6 statewide were in foster care. Children in foster care often enter the system with existing vulnerabilities. Two-thirds of children placed in foster homes experience a placement change in the first two years, with nearly half of all children experiencing a placement change in the first 6 months. The instability that accompanies placement changes can exacerbate the already existing vulnerabilities, placing children at increased risk for inadequate medical care, and adverse psychosocial and neurobiological outcomes.
Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach was developed by the University of Minnesota (Harris Training Programs in the Center for Early Education and Development) and Wilder Research in partnership with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services.
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