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Volunteer Spotlight: Denise Kettelberger

CLC would like to recognize the work of one of its long time volunteers, Denise Kettelberger. “Denise just had a pretty sweet victory in a CLC case….” remarked one of her co-workers at Faegre Baker Daniels.

Volunteer Spotlight: Ankoor Bagchi

Ankoor is being celebrated in CLC’s Volunteer Spotlight because of his remarkable, compassionate relationships with his clients. He takes considerable time and care to get to know his clients and earn their trust.

Volunteer Attorney SPOTLIGHT: Wendy Watson

Wendy is a long standing CLC volunteer. She completed her training in 1997 and took her first case in 1998. She usually takes children with significant development disabilities and special needs. Given her clients’ significant needs, Wendy ensures that she has all her clients relevant assessments and case information, she connects with their special education teachers and resources and uses developmentally appropriate language to ensure her clients understand her role. She has represented 20 CLC clients and currently has three.

December 2011 Volunteer of the Month: Jim Reece

Jim has been a volunteer with CLC for over nine years. Jim has represented many children who are state wards or in the foster care system. Jim also served on CLC’s Board of Directors and Chaired the Development Committee.

Daniel’s Story: Making “The System” Work

Daniel spent most of his childhood shuffling between shelters and his biological parent’s home. His parents were unable to care for him and his siblings. At times when Daniel had no one else, his aunt and uncle provided an unconditional support system. Daniel moved in with his aunt and uncle and found a wonderful, stable, permanent home there. However…

November 2011 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Suzanne Kvas

Congratulations to Suzanne Kvas, CLC’s November 2011 Volunteer of the Month. Suzanne Kvas has been a CLC volunteer since 2005.  In that time she has represented seven foster care youth and currently has three clients. CLC is grateful… Read More

Max’s Story

Max has been fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. Like many foster children he is a victim of abuse and neglect by both of his parents. Following placement in emergency protective custody it became evident that Max would need indefinite care away from his biological parents. From a young age Max has displayed significant developmental and behavioral issues as a result of his chaotic young life. Aggressive outbursts coupled with low socialization skills, need for constant supervision, and difficulty in educational settings made finding a placement for him very problematic. Max has frequently moved and in the past decade has seen more than a dozen placements.

September 2011 Volunteer of the Month: Chad Snyder

CLC recently put out a call for volunteers due to its overwhelming caseload and without a moment’s hesitation, Chad accepted another client to add to the three he was already representing. Chad has also agreed to be an emergency back-up for other solo practitioners who do not have the support of others at a large firm to cover their hearings when they are unable to attend.

August 2011 Volunteer of the Month: Pat Yoedicke

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Pat has been a CLC volunteer since 2001 and has represented eight clients. Recently, she spent over 300 pro bono hours in just one case where she traveled frequently to Anoka and Polk Counties. Pat has taken on some of the toughest clients who have needed a strong yet compassionate advocate.

Andrea’s Story

My first memory is my mom slapping me. I lived with her when I was little, but I don’t remember much else about her. When I was 5, I was sent to live with my dad and my Nana.