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McKenna’s Law

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

MINNESOTA EXPUNGEMENT LAW IS CHANGING!

5/16/2014 Governor Dayton signed new juvenile and criminal records expungement legislation into law on  May 14, 2014. The new law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Designed to help individuals rebuild their lives after contact with the… Read More

Congress Passes Key Foster Care Education Bill

The recently enacted Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA) successfully amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), that acted as a barrier to child protection agencies receiving foster children’s educational records without parental consent.

Tips for Helping Children and Teens Before and After Visitation

Click here for tips on how you can support foster youth with birth family visits.

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.

Foster Youth & Identity Theft

New legislation was adopted and went into effect on 10.1.2011 to aide in protecting foster youth from identity theft. The “Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act” added a new section to 42 U.S.C. 675(5) concerning foster youth ID theft.

Higher Education for Foster Youth

“Foster children are one of the most educationally vulnerable populations in our schools”

EXPANDED MIRANDA RIGHTS FOR JUVENILES

On June 16, 2011, in J. D. B. v. North Carolina the U.S. Supreme Court held that juveniles are entitled to expanded Miranda protection.

Did You Know?

Approximately 24.7% of Minnesota foster youth are living in group homes, or institutions/ residential treatment centers.

Homeless Youth Numbers Increase in Minnesota

Research shows an increase of 25% in homelessness for young adults 18-21 from 2006–2009.