Minnesota Faces Complaint Over Alleged Unfair Treatment of Black Children and Families in its Child Welfare System

The Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP and Children’s Rights, an advocacy group, have filed a complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services against Minnesota for allegedly discriminating against Black children and families in its child welfare system.

Minnesota’s “pattern and practice of utilizing federal funds to discriminatorily surveil and separate Black families, specifically in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, as detailed herein, clearly warrant investigation into the violations of Title VI and its implementing regulations,” the complaint, filed Monday, stated.

According to the complaint, Minnesota received more than $232 million in federal funding in 2020 for child protections agencies. 

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