Senator John Hoffman Joins Other State Leaders to Explore Ways of Improving Child Welfare Policies and Systems 

(St. Paul, Minn.) – Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) recently joined fellow legislators from across the Midwest and several nation-leading experts to explore strategies in child welfare policy that can lead to better long-term outcomes for children and families, as well as savings for taxpayers.

The “Child Welfare, Reimagined” workshop was held June 6-7 in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, where a bipartisan group of legislators from 10 Midwestern states took part in the event, which was led by The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Legislative Conferencein partnership with Casey Family Programs.

“The health and wellbeing of our children, especially those children who receive care and support from the state, has to be our top priority as policy makers,” said Sen. Hoffman, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee. “That’s why I was honored to join legislators from across the Midwest to explore the ways we make sure our vulnerable children and families are being supported by the best policies possible. We’ve made progress, but there is more to be done.”

Sen. Hoffman and other participating legislators learned about evidence-based policy options for improving supports for vulnerable children and families, including new programs and investments already underway in states. These services can keep families intact and children safe and thriving at home.

These recent state-level trends reflect the new policy and funding opportunities for states under the Family First Prevention Services Act, a federal law credited with ushering in a new era in the nation’s approach to child welfare policy. But like in so many areas, implementation and innovation are largely left to states and their legislators.

At the workshop, legislative attendees also explored ideas for preventing rates of child abuse and neglect; addressing the causes and effects of adverse childhood experiences; and finding safe, permanent and loving homes for children who find themselves in the “deep end” of state foster care systems.

CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference is a nonpartisan association of all legislators in 11 states and one Canadian province: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario are affiliate members. CSG is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization; its mission is to champion excellence in state government.

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