Hennepin County looks to add 100 more child protection workers


The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to consider adding nearly 100 new staff to child protection services.

In 2014, Hennepin County asked the Casey Family Programs to conduct an independent assessment of the county's child protection services, and now the board is acting on the findings, which were critical of the program. The review found that the system is under-funded and workers can't keep up with their caseloads. Officials are looking to add nearly 100 child protection workers by the end of the year. This all comes one month after Gov. Dayton signed a new child protection law requiring changes to the way cases are handled statewide.

That law was inspired by Eric Dean's case. The four year old died in 2013 at the hands of his stepmother after multiple reports of abuse were not investigated in Pope County.

A final vote is expected to happen at the board's July 7 meeting.

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