Articles & Media

McKenna’s Law

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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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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Children’s Law Center Report on Client Outcomes for FY 2010 and 2009

5.21.2012
The Report on FY 2009 Client Outcomes analysis is based on a random sample of forty-one (25%) of the cases closed by CLC in 2009. The report covers a statistical analysis of sampled client demographics, representation, experience, problems, placements, and permanency and education outcomes. The report shows that foster youth with CLC attorneys had fewer foster home placements after they got their attorney, and that 93% of clients sampled achieved positive permanency outcomes.

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Published Works by CLC Staff

Updated 6.29.2010
Just added: The Child Attorney’s Role in Promoting Placement Stability-By Lori D. Semke- This article was originally published in Child Welfare 360: Promoting Placement Stability, Spring 2010, by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare School of Social Work, University of Minnesota.

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