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QPI video from Louisiana about "ice-breakers" and "comfort calls"

QPI MN October Update

QPI MN MSSA presentation

QPI MN August Update

QPI MN Year One presentation

Fostering Relationships presentation

QPI flier

QPI-MN Action Work Group items:

A Guide to the Circle of Support Meeting

Circle of Support Meeting template

A Guide to Comfort Calls

Out of Home Placement Contact Information

Initial Child/Youth Information Sharing form

Other resources:

"Curtis and Darlene Bell: Our True Calling" - article from

'All About Family': Movement to Reform Foster Care Takes Root in Minnesota - article from the Star Tribune. June, 2018

"Get to Know QPI" presentation

Foster Care can be a Service to Families
, by Jerry Milner, Assoc. Commissioner at the Children's Bureau

NACBH member spotlight on MN's QPI, with Kate Rickord and Kirsten Anderson

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 Do You Hope for QPI in MN? Voices from MN Leaders

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.

Invitation - join a QPI Action Work Group:

Action Work Groups are where the work is done. Designed to meet and develop action steps over the course of 10 months or shorter, Action Work Groups seek to bring representatives from diverse constituencies and take meaningful action to address the challenges they've defined. Below is a list of the Action Work Groups currently meeting (including phone/video conference opportunities for statewide participation). Please contact Kirsten at to connect and participate:

·         Resources - Beginning with foster parents create easier connection to key resources to support parenting – including an FAQ about exiting resources

·         Language - Bring new understanding and sensitivity to all stakeholders by articulating preferred and healing words to be used that emphasize strengths and support the value of children, youth and all families

·         Kinship - Learn from kinship families what information would have been helpful to have at time of placement – including training. Create steps to assure kinship placements are more actively supported.

·         Transitions - Supporting positive transitions to and between placements, goal of creating a best practice checklist for all transitions

·         Recruitment - Help agencies refer potential foster parents to the agency that will best be suited to support each foster family based on interests, geography, skills

·         Chain of Command - Creating clarity in the chain of command for decision-making and support for foster parents, birth parents, and youth.

·         Information Sharing - Assuring foster and birth families are given vital information at placement to comfort and support the child/youth and establish connection between foster and birth families.

·         Connections: Birth Parents, Siblings, Foster Parents - Refocus attention on strong connections between birth and foster parents, siblings and children/youth in care. 

Resource links below:

For more information, please contact QPI Steering Committee Co-Chairs:

Kirsten Anderson, Executive Director, AspireMN,

Kate Rickord, Sr Director of Foster Care & Adoption, St David's Center, 

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