In 2014, there were 72,022 child maltreatment reports recorded. Minnesota county agencies and the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe accepted 20,167 reports of maltreatment involving 28,716 children. Seventy-seven percent of alleged offenders were the biological parents.
There were 19 deaths determined to be a result of maltreatment in 2014; 10 victims had been known to child protection at some point prior to their death.
American Indian and African-American/black children had the highest rates of contact with the child protection system. They were 5.5 and 3 times more likely to be reported as abused or neglected than were white children, respectively.
Source: Minnesota's Child Welfare Report 2014
Children and Family Services Administration
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Source: National Children's Alliance
Facts About Foster Care
According to the Kids Count Data Center, there were 414,699 children in foster care in 2014; 6,324 of them were in Minnesota.