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Results from the Minnesota Kick-Off 


NIGHTLY NEWS COVERAGE - MN: New Initiative Seeks Solutions in Minnesota's Child Welfare System

 KSTP 5 - October 24, 2017 - Thirteen Minnesota organizations, including AspireMN and St. David's Center for Child and Family Development, pooled together to bring the Quality Parenting Initiative to Minnesota. It's a movement aimed to increase the number of foster parents in communities and reduce the number of re-entries into the system.

STAR TRIBUNE NEWS ARTICLE - Foster care conversation brings all parties together

What is QPI?

Kick-Off Presentation on QPI: Putting Parenting First

Read more about the QPI approach:

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is an approach developed by the Youth Law Center in California. It is an approach and a philosophy to strengthening foster care including kinship care, by refocusing on quality parenting for all children in the child welfare system. It is a process designed to allow communities to implement strategies and practices that will be meaningful and improve the quality of care within their own communities.

When parents can't care for their children, foster or relative caregivers must be able to provide the loving, committed, skilled care that the child needs, working effectively with the system to achieve the best possible permanency option for that child. Both the caregiver's parenting skills and the system's policies and practices should be based on child development research, information and tools.

Through the QPI process, stakeholders including foster parents, guardian ad litems, county case managers, advocates, foster alumni, birth families and others from our community will identify the core attributes of successful fostering and implement action plans to address the barriers that impact foster parents ability to provide the best quality care they can while children are in out of home placement. Through being intentional on how foster parents can be supported to partner with the child’s biological/natural family one objective of QPI is to improve the caregiving experience of the child and support family relationships.

When QPI is successful, caregivers have a voice, not only in issues that affect the children they are caring for, but also in the way the system treats children and families. Caregivers, agency staff and birth parents work as a team to support children and youth. 

Most of Minnesota’s private foster care agencies have provided the support to allow us to bring these facilitation, training and resourcing services to Minnesota so that our work together will create a model that is designed with and for our Minnesota community.

Resource links below:

For more information, contact:
Mary Regan, Executive Director, AspireMN,
Kirsten Anderson, Assistant Director, AspireMN,


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