26 Years of Legal Representation and Advocacy for Youth in Foster Care
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) was founded in 1995 with the mission to promote the legal rights and well-being of children and youth. CLC’s staff and volunteers provide direct representation of 800 children and youth, primarily in the child welfare system, and advocate for changes in the systems that affect their lives.
Having a consistent, supportive adult can mean the difference in a child’s health, education, housing, connections, and happiness. Because of community support, this year alone CLC was able to mobilize 340 volunteer attorneys to represent 800 children in foster care.
Interview with Anne Tyler Gueinzius, Child Advocate Expert, CLC Managing Attorney
Anne Tyler Gueinzius, CLC Managing Attorney has spent her career dedicated to representing youth and coaching and training others in juvenile law. Here she shares her view on why it is vital for youth in foster care to have a voice. Anne is that voice everyday. Thank you, Anne for sharing your motivation, passion and commitment to Minnesotan youth!
COVID-19 Impact on Youth in Foster Care
Because of COVID-19, the economic crisis, and America’s reckoning with racial justice, our young clients’ lives have changed drastically. Social services and healthcare are harder to access, youth have experienced delayed adoptions, and just the day to day of knowing what’s next is gone. Kia’s story shares one youth’s experience with a severely delayed adoption, furthered by COVID-19.
“Due to egregious abuse and neglect, Kia’s parents lost permanent custody of her and her brother in 2016. Kia had been living with her pre-adoptive relative for a very long time and her CLC pro bono attorney pushed the courts to finalize the adoption. Thankfully, despite all the delays and COVID-19, Kia was finally adopted in May 2020 with her brother, shortly after six weeks of courts temporarily pausing adoptions.”
For 26 years, CLC has given a voice to the most forgotten and invisible children like Kia who need stability and care, especially during the current unprecedented situation. CLC continues to persist in this mission in spite of almost daily changes to court procedures.
Please consider making a one-time gift, recurring donation, or contact Amanda Finman-Palmer to make a legacy commitment. Your generosity supports Minnesota’s most vulnerable children and youth. Thank you for your compassion!