This message from Safe Passage for Children of MN will make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Please reach out to your State Rep Today (address finder in their email below).

Today is an important day at our state Capitol. Amid much drama, the Minnesota Senate will be discussing the Health and Human Services Omnibus bill (SF4699), which includes key provisions related to child protection. A livestream will also be available beginning at 10 a.m.

We have been pushing hard for these two provisions:

Establishment of a Child Protection Advisory Council (Article 10. Section 6.)
We believe establishing a Child Protection Advisory Council dedicated to reforming the child protection space will be critical to ensuring meaningful change. An advisory council will be an ongoing force for change in the system. The Council will bring together a group of key child welfare stakeholders and policymakers to discuss and draft policies to improve our child protection system. We’re advocating to ensure children’s rights are prioritized on the Council.

Increased Transparency for Child Fatality and Near Fatality Reporting (Article 10. Section 9.)
We have long been concerned about child fatalities, and near fatalities, that were not investigated to prevent other potential harms to children. We appreciate the inclusion of this provision in the omnibus bill. This will ensure that child fatalities are investigated and reported to try to prevent more children from being harmed.

You can help! Please take a moment to identify your Senator’s email address and send a quick email, encouraging them to support these provisions. Legislators pay close attention to emails from constituents who live in their district. Below is a sample script:

Dear Senator [Last Name],

As someone who is concerned about the number of children suffering from maltreatment in Minnesota, I urge you to support two key provisions in the Senate’s Health and Human Services Omnibus bill (SF4699).

I fully support the establishment of a child protection advisory council (Article 10, Section 6) and increased transparency for reporting child fatalities and near fatalities (Article 10, Section 9).

Each year Minnesota counties process and prioritize tens of thousands of child abuse reports. We know there were at least 25 children who died from child maltreatment in 2022. We can do better. We must do better.

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Thank you for your consideration and for your efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect.


[Your name and home address]





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“What we do to our children, they will do to our society”

(Pliny the Elder, 2000 years ago)


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