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#20210304- WEBINAR: Know Your Rights: Kinship Families




(March 2021) This presentation is for relative and kin families who are interested in being a permanency resource for a child in foster care they know and love.

It also may be helpful for attorneys who are representing them and want to better understand this unique part of the law.

This presentation will explore the rights of relatives or kin. It will address important considerations and timeframes, from a legal standpoint, at different stages of a child protection case. The presentation will also explore when to hire an attorney and what to expect if relative/kin end up seeking representation, and ways to figure out if an attorney is competent in these types of cases.

Natalie Netzel is the Education and Advocacy Director of the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She joined the Institute to Transform Child Protection as a staff attorney in August of 2016. Natalie works directly with law and social work students in the Child Protection Clinic in representation of parents in child protection cases. She also supports institute training, research, and community engagement events. Additionally, Natalie serves as the Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Prior to joining the Institute to Transform Child Protection, Natalie was a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Hamline University, her M.S.E. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Misty Coonce, MSW, LISW, has worked in the child welfare field for over 10 years. She brings personal experience as an adoptee from the Minnesota foster care system. Misty earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She is a Program Director at Ampersand Families, spearheading our agency’s efforts to increasingly engage relatives and kin as permanency resources for foster youth. The mission of Ampersand Families is to recruit and support permanent families for older youth, and to champion practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope. We believe that excellent work in adoption must honor youths’ right to sustain relationships with relatives, kin, community and culture.

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