Past and current Bush fellows reflect on changes needed to foster care in Minnesota

Minnesotans who have experience with the child welfare system understand the unique challenges children and families face. They also know that the system designed to help isn’t perfect.

Take foster care. While it sometimes leads to better outcomes for at-risk children, we also know it has a disproportionate impact on some communities. Native American children, Black children and multi-racial children in Minnesota were significantly more likely to be in foster care than white children.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two Bush fellows who have dedicated their careers to addressing problems within Minnesota’s child welfare and foster care systems. With more than 13,000 children in Minnesota placed in foster care in 2020, these two leaders are working toward a world that no longer needs foster care.


Hoang Murphy is the founder and executive director of  Foster Advocates. He is a 2022 Bush Fellow. 

Amelia Franck Meyer is the founder and CEO of the national non-profit Alia Innovations. She is a 2015 Bush Fellow. 

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