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On October 20, CLC was thrilled to move back into its newly renovated offices. The new space includes additional square footage, offices for all staff members and invigorating new colors!  Click to View PHOTOS! Although we are still unpacking and adjusting to the repositioned hallway door, everyone at CLC would like to extend sincere thanks to the following people, law firms and corporations who made this renovation possible:
  • David Wilson and Jill Bicker of Wilson Associates Architects for their outstanding architectural design services which they provided pro bono, including their invaluable assistance with carpet and paint selections!
  • Tim Welch and Gina Fox of Leonard Street & Deinard for their excellent pro bono legal advice and counsel on real estate matters and lease negotiations!
  • John Schenk, Tom Fraser, Pam Wandzel, Michelle Sauder, Todd Dybvik and the entire law firm of Fredrickson & Byron for providing CLC staff with office space during the 3 week renovation and for so generously helping us get moved in and answering our every need; everyone was so kind, friendly and understanding that we hated to leave!
  • Boyd Savage and Robert Nelson and the entire Fredrickson & Byron Technology Department for their unending assistance with all of CLC’s technology needs; without their amazing assistance, CLC could not have operated remotely for three weeks!
  • Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly for their generous donation of six suites of office furniture, new conference room chairs, matching filing cabinets and an entirely new file room! 
  • Ellen, Deb, and Diane of Medtronic who gave a day of their time to help CLC move back into its new offices and get organized.  


This year's Children's Law Center Annual Celebration & Benefit was a huge success. We raised more money than we ever have before at an event, and had a fantastic time doing it. Thank you to all attendees, donors, and sponsors. Your support has ensured that CLC can continue its work on behalf of abused and neglected youth. Click HERE to view Photos from the event.

Special thanks to firms, corporations and foundations who sponsored the CLC Benefit as Underwriter Champions, Underwriters, and Champions, supporting CLC by giving $5,000 or more.


Give To The Max Day is NOVEMBER 15, 2012!

Yes. November 15th is's Give to the MAX Day, a day of giving for Minnesota non-profits. Give to CLC on November 15, Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day, and help us win a $1,000 Golden Ticket. By partnering with GiveMN—an online giving website for Minnesota nonprofits—Children's Lae Center will have 25 chances to maximize your gift on Give to the Max Day! At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 Supersized Golden Ticket! Help us increase our odds by making your gift on November 15 by visiting Great News- if your November 15th schedule is packed, you can visit CLC's giveMN page any time before Novemeber 15th and schedule all of your donations in advance! The schedule a donation for Give to the Max Day link is right at the top of the Make a Donation box on CLC's GiveMN Page! 

CLC facilitates a revolutionary change in the interpretation of which foster care youth can receive benefits and services in extended foster care
On October 25, 2012, the Minnesota Co-Chief Human Services Judge Louis Thayer issued a decision that is a victory for foster care youth. Any foster care youth placed in a Title IV-E foster care placement is now eligible for extended foster care benefits (ages 18-21) if the youth meets the criteria set forth in the Fostering Connections Act which Minnesota has adopted under Minnesota statute section 260C.451 subd. 3(a), regardless of whether the foster care placement is due to a juvenile delinquency matter through the Department of Corrections or a child protection matter through the Department of Human Services. Read MORE.

CLC is pleased to announce that Shannon Mitchell will be joining CLC in December for one year as part of the Americorps VISTA Attorney program. Shannon will be working with former VISTA Attorney and new Staff Attorney Anna Beadle on expanding the Greater Minnesota Project. Welcome Shannon!

CLC has a great team of volunteers and interns working at CLC this fall. Attorneys: Alyssa Young and Chad Carter, Law Students: Katie Choi, Hannah Doenges, Eikoku Ikeno, and Amy Ryan, Paralegal Shari Marik and Paralegal Intern Jacqueline Daniels. Thank you so much for all of you hard work!


Children’s Law Center is intensifying its representation of clients who are preparing for adulthood
Please look at our Preparation for Adulthood Module, with included 2012 legislative updates, created to guide volunteer attorneys representing foster care youth ages 16 and older. The module summarizes the applicable laws for foster care youth in extended foster care and explains the benefits and services that older foster youth are entitled to receive. The module also covers many substantive issues that are crucial to address with older clients, so that they can become successful, healthy adults. The updated module can be found at CLC also created a Preparation for Adulthood Checklist to use with the module, which can be found at  In addition, we have motion templates for attorneys who need to compel the county to provide services or benefits to our clients continuing in extended foster care, ages 18-21. Please contact us if you need a sample motion or if you have any questions.

Tips for Helping Children and Teens Before and After Visitation
If the Courts deem it physically and emotionally safe, many children and teens in the foster care system will have Court-ordered, regularly scheduled visits with birth parents, siblings, and other family members. Visits are intended to help children and birth family members maintain and strengthen their relationships during a time of separation.  However, without the proper preparation before a visit, or appropriate support following a visit, this can be a challenging experience for all involved. Click
here for tips on how you can support your clients with birth family visits.


CLC wishes to honor David Wilson and his team at the Wilson Law Group for their exceptional work for our clients.

David Wilson is an immigration attorney who has assisted CLC clients since 2010 and his work has been vital to our clients.  David graduated with cum laude honors from both the University of St. Thomas and  William Mitchell College of Law.  He is licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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CLC Around Minnesota: Fall 2012 Update

CLC Staff have been pretty busy this fall! We presented at Education Minnesota Teachers Conference, continued our participation in the Impact Initiative 2012, trained social workers on working with older foster care youth in Duluth, and held our very first training via webinar! We also have staff attending Regional Children's Justice Initiative Conferences all over the state! Read MORE.

CLC Announces our first ever Paralegal Training!
Next week, on November 14th, at 10 am, we will be holding our first CLC Paralegal Training, for paralegals and legal assistants.  While we have trained numerous attorneys, we have never trained those that are assisting in the cases! 

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi have graciously agreed to host our hour training on Wednesday, November 14.  We are also in the process of scheduling future trainings in different locations.

Our first session with explain who we are, the clients we represent, differences in counties and procedures for foster care & state ward matters.  We will give cheat sheets on acronyms and answer questions to make volunteering easier! Read MORE.

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