Building a Bridge over Troubled Water: Advocacy for Families in Child Protection: Part II

Room 204 July 23, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Beth Olson
Jessica Unkelhaeuser
Deanna Reder

Heart for the People is a community team of advocates assisting families who are victims of domestic violence or child abuse, through the child protection process. The program specifically focuses on addressing the disparities for Native American families and families of color in child protection. In this two-part series, the presenters will walk through the basics of the child protection process including court and Indian Child Welfare Act specifics. The presenters will also cover their observations of how families can succeed in the process and share tips and resources for how to support that success. This how-to training for advocates will conclude with a special discussion and case examples about the unique needs of domestic violence victims within the child protection system.  While the presentation will center around Minnesota law and processes, Wisconsin processes will also be included.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will learn the process for CHIPS (children in need of protective services) Court and how to advocate for families within the system
  2. Participants will learn about the dynamics of domestic violence as they present throughout the child protection process
  3. Participants will learn how to create individualized and culturally specific support for families