As a child, Steve lived with his Mom and her boyfriend who was a pimp and drug dealer. Mom’s boyfriend routinely beat the heck out of Steve and his mother. Steve was forced to watch as the boyfriend murdered a rival drug dealer. Even then Steve lived with his mother till she died of an illness when he was 11. Child Protection placed Steve in the care of his father who had remarried. The stepmother hated him and abused him. Eventually, his father kicked him out of the house and he ended up on the streets.
When considering our Volunteer of the Month selection for September, one name stood out: Pete Hendrixson. Pete’s incredible recent efforts on behalf of one very special client, in addition to his many years of commitment to CLC, made this pick an easy one. Pete Hendrixson has been a volunteer attorney for CLC since 1998. He served on CLC’s Board of Directors from 2003 through 2008, including one term as President.
My name is Eli. I used to live with my mom. She and her boyfriend would beat my brother Antonio and me with golf clubs and extension cords and then keep us home from school so no one would see the bruises. She’d be watching TV or cooking and then something would just set her off. Sometimes her boyfriend would hold us down while mom hit us. For fun he’d throw my little brother across the room and laugh about it.
The cops came once to bust mom for weed. They noticed we were pretty bruised so they took us to the hospital for a few days.
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.
My name is Adamma, and I was adopted from Eastern Africa with my three younger sisters in 2005. I loved attending school, and I received all A’s that first year of my adoption. I even started looking at college brochures. My sisters joined soccer teams and we made lots of friends in the neighborhood and at our church. We were getting excited about our futures, until everything changed.
Foster youth today face many challenges. To better address these challenges, CLC is focusing efforts on providing a more holistic approach to better support its foster youth clients. CLC is committed to finding and providing legal support in areas where these children need it, in addition to their child protection case. Looking out for the health, wellbeing and future of our foster clients is a big job.
Research shows an increase of 25% in homelessness for young adults 18-21 from 2006–2009.
CLC is pleased to name Jody Alholinna as its Volunteer of the Month! Jody has been a friend of CLC since it was founded. She was one of many individuals who helped CLC prepare for its opening in 1995, and she has been a longstanding supporter ever since. She has served on the CLC Board of Directors, has provided considerable behind-the-scenes help to the Board over the years, and has represented eight CLC clients.
Interested parties with goods or services to offer should contact CLC via e-mail or by calling 651-644-4438. CLC Wish List: 8.5 by 11 in. white, copy, or multipurpose paper Diagnostic and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition Book (DSM-V)… Read More
We are excited to announce that Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) volunteer attorneys Ann Marie Hanrahan, Associate General Counsel at 3M, and Steven Lucke, Charles LaPlant and Mike Wahoske of Dorsey & Whitney, were successful in their appeal of CLC client N.Y.B’s expulsion from Anoka Hennepin School District. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the School District’s retroactive efforts to substantiate its expulsion decision were insufficient and that the expulsion violated N.Y.B.’s constitutional due process rights.