Articles & Media

McKenna Ahrenholz didn’t know she had a right to an attorney

Minnesota children who are subjects of a juvenile protection petition have a right to effective assistance of counsel … and if a child desires counsel, the court shall appoint counsel to represent the child who is ten years of age or order.

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Children’s Law Center acts as legal advocates for children in foster care

5.12.2014 Lilia Panteleeva, executive director and Weida Allen, social worker talk to InsightNews about CLC’s legal advocacy for children in foster care. http://www.insightnews.com/news/12143-clc-acts-as-legal-advocates-for-children-in-foster-care    

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Bill seeks to offer 16 year olds parental freedom

Mar 12 2014 7:59PM By Tim Budig, Session Daily Whether Minnesota needs a statutory process of juvenile emancipation to replace a system some see centered on adults was tabled by the House Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy Committee Wednesday. Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL-Maplewood), sponsor of HF2754, believes his bill could lend uniformity to emancipation […]

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Exciting NEW legislation! The Family Reunification Act of 2013

On May 1, 2013, Governor Dayton signed into law the Family Reunification Act of 2013. This new law permits the reestablishment of the parent and child legal relationship for certain children who are under the guardianship of the Commissioner of Human Services. The law is exciting for those children who have remained in foster care for significant periods of time without being adopted and wish to return to the care of their biological parents as well as for those parents who have been able to correct the problems that led to their initial termination of parental rights.

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The Effects of Traumatic Stress on the Developing Brain

A growing body of research has uncovered the pervasive and detrimental effects of traumatic stress on the developing brain.

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Practice Points

CLC publishes practice points for CLC Volunteer Attorneys and other child advocates who represent children in foster care. These practice points focus on pressing issues for foster care youth, including: placement, education, health, transitioning to adulthood, and many other legal matters pertaining to representing youth in foster care. If you are not currently a CLC Volunteer Attorney and would like to receive CLC’s monthly Practice Point, it will be available as part of the CLC E-Newsletter, which you can sign up for in the newsletter box on the right side of your screen.

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CLC Announces New Resource “Accessing Healthcare for Children in the Child Welfare System”

7.5.2011
Over the past year, twenty-seven volunteer lawyers from Baker & McKenzie and Medtronic partnered together in a collaborative research project, which studied the laws surrounding healthcare access for children in foster care. Their efforts resulted in the publication of an incredible resource for Children’s Law Center (CLC) and other players in the child welfare system.

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Know Your Legal Rights and Options

2.22.2011
CLC has also developed helpful information for people of all ages to understand their rights and legal options in different situations.

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Resources for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

CLC has developed a comprehensive resource guide for youth experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. This guidebook contains information about the various organizations that provide services for youth, including legal services, shelter, housing, medical services, clothing, food, mental health services, and advocacy.

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Youth in Transition Publications

CLC has put together four brochures for Minnesota metro area foster care children who are in the process of transitioning out of foster care. These brochures contain a comprehensive listing of housing, healthcare, education, and employment resources available to youth and young adults.

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