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.
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.
We did it! On April 22, 2010, Senate File 2690/House File 3039 was signed into law. CLC has been actively supporting this bill, which contains specific policy changes that will benefit foster care youth and improve the child welfare system. Among its provisions, it clarifies that reviews of foster care matters must be held in court, so that children have an opportunity to participate, and it extends court jurisdiction over foster care cases up to age 21 for youth that choose to stay in foster care.