McKenna’s Law

In February 2016, McKenna Ahrenholz, a 12 year old, spoke up about Minnesota’s foster children’s right to an attorney being ignored.  She didn’t know she had a right to an attorney.  She didn’t know she had a say when she and her siblings were forced to spend time with their abusive father… malnourished, abused and neglected.  She didn’t get an attorney after asking for one three times.  But when she did get a lawyer, her life drastically improved and she is now in a loving home of her grandfather and his fiancé, along with all her siblings.

Watch her story here.

During the 2017 Minnesota’s legislative session, CLC introduced a Bill that will require county social workers to inform children who are subject of a child protection petition and who are ten years or older, that they have a right to an attorney.  Minnesota’s lawmakers welcomed this change in the law.  The Bill was signed by the Governor into law in May and can be referred to as McKenna’s Law.  It goes in effect on August 1, 2017.  Watch the stories here: WCCO, KSTP.