Reimbursement for counties for child out-of-home placement clears Taxes Committee

In 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted due to the high number of Native American children being removed from their homes through the social service system. This federal law has financially impacted Minnesota counties with a high number of Native American children. To ease the burden on the counties, the bill would authorize the state to reimburse counties for the cost of out of home placement procedures in accordance with the ICWA. In 2014, the legislature appropriated a targeted county aid increase of $3 million for Beltrami County to help with these costs. Supporters say the money is necessary for those rural counties already in financially precarious positions. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus tax bill. (S.F. 207)

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