A Critical Look at Parent and Child Representation
Can Improved Representation Impact Reentry and Other Outcomes for Families in Minnesota’s Child Protection System?
Please join the Mitchell Hamline Child Protection Program for our annual symposium on Feb. 26, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
This all day CLE event is open to the public. We hope that judges, attorneys, elected officials, and policy makers will come to learn from local and national experts in the field about how improvements to parent and child representation in the system are linked to positive outcomes for children and families. This event will also focus on what we can do in Minnesota to improve the way we represent parents and children in our child protection system.
Co-Sponsored by The Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
Mitchell Hamline is a community resource for interdisciplinary collaboration, sharing the work, research, and findings of its faculty and students with legal and child-welfare professionals through publications and conferences. Past conferences have included:
- Quality Parent Representation in CHIPS Cases: A Training for New and Experienced Attorneys
- Failure to Protect: Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, featured Jeffrey Anderson, Retired Justice Helen Meyer, and Victor Vieth.
- A Critical Look at Child Protection, featured Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea.
Research and policy reform
Mitchell Hamline is an incubator for new ideas, providing the perfect academic setting to study new trauma-based practices in the child protection system on a small scale to assess their effectiveness.
- Collaborating with the University of Minnesota School of Social Work on a research study exploring the effectiveness of a parent mentoring program
- Conducting a pilot study of a prevention model for child abuse and trauma, using legal services and programs in targeted communities
- Conducting a research study on the effectiveness of aftercare programs in preventing families from returning to the judicial system