Legal-system reform on behalf of children and families
The mission of the Child Protection Program at Mitchell Hamline is to promote legal-system reform on behalf of children and families through education and training, research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the development of best practices in child protection.
Every year, thousands of Minnesota children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care because they have been abused or neglected. Many of these children suffer further trauma by spending their entire childhood in foster care.
Judges, lawyers, social workers, and advocates agree: Whenever possible and safe for the children, families should be kept intact. Providing well-trained and trauma-informed attorneys during the child protection legal process is imperative for ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and their families.
Child Protection Symposium on October 13, 2017
Why is Minnesota Removing so Many Children into the Child Protection System:
A Critical Look at the Removal Process in Minnesota
Mitchell Hamline School of Law presents a CLE and continuing education credit conference addressing Minnesota’s removal processes. The presentation will focus on current social science research related to the experience of children during the removal process. We also plan to present a comprehensive overview of Minnesota’s removal data, including a focus on short stayers in the system (children who are removed and then returned within 30 days). Panelists and expert speakers from around the county will discuss best practices for child-centered removal. Further, Minnesota’s removal hearings will be discussed in detail including the law, current practices, and examples of national models for best practice at removal hearings. There will be time at the end of the day for interactive discussion among stakeholders as to how Minnesota could improve its removal processes and hearings.
This event is recommended for judges, attorneys, child protection workers, children’s attorneys, and guardians ad litem. The cost will be $75 and a $50 discounted rate will be offered for public interest attorneys and staff. Lunch will be provided with cost of entry.
CLE credits have been applied for; event code TBA.
Click here to register for the Child Protection Program Symposium.
Contact Sue McBrayer at 651-695-7672 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Handouts from the program:
Child Protection Clinic
The Child Protection Clinic equips Mitchell Hamline students with the skills, knowledge, and resources to represent parents in complex child protection cases.