Priorities

Birth - Foster Family Connections   Strengthened communication and relationship between caregivers (foster parents / relatives) and birth parents is key to the child/youth’s time in out of home placement. Research upholds reunification efforts and re-entry into out of home placement rates are improved by the lasting connections developed with the child and family.

Birth - Foster Family Connections

Strengthened communication and relationship between caregivers (foster parents / relatives) and birth parents is key to the child/youth’s time in out of home placement. Research upholds reunification efforts and re-entry into out of home placement rates are improved by the lasting connections developed with the child and family.

Youth Voice   Across foster care systems, listening to the youth voice is critical to generating solutions to support normalcy and resilience. QPI-MN strives to integrate the firsthand knowledge and experience the impact system practices have on youth’s ability to focus on their own needs and development.

Youth Voice

Across foster care systems, listening to the youth voice is critical to generating solutions to support normalcy and resilience. QPI-MN strives to integrate the firsthand knowledge and experience the impact system practices have on youth’s ability to focus on their own needs and development.

Kinship   Staying connected to family is critical to healthy child development and a sense of belonging. QPI-MN is creating steps to assure kinship placements are more actively supported.

Kinship

Staying connected to family is critical to healthy child development and a sense of belonging. QPI-MN is creating steps to assure kinship placements are more actively supported.

Policy & Systems Change   Ensuring advocacy efforts focus on improving outcomes for children/youth and families involved in foster care.

Policy & Systems Change

Ensuring advocacy efforts focus on improving outcomes for children/youth and families involved in foster care.

Racial Equity   African and Native American families are overrepresented in the child welfare system within Minnesota, from initial assessment to permanency determinations. QPI-MN upholds the belief that leadership from our African and Native American youth and families is the key for change.   Racial equity is about applying justice and a little bit of common sense to a system that’s been out of balance. When a system is out of balance, people of color feel the impacts most acutely, but, to be clear, an imbalanced system makes all of us pay. - Glenn Harris, President, Center for Social Inclusion

Racial Equity

African and Native American families are overrepresented in the child welfare system within Minnesota, from initial assessment to permanency determinations. QPI-MN upholds the belief that leadership from our African and Native American youth and families is the key for change.

Racial equity is about applying justice and a little bit of common sense to a system that’s been out of balance. When a system is out of balance, people of color feel the impacts most acutely, but, to be clear, an imbalanced system makes all of us pay. - Glenn Harris, President, Center for Social Inclusion