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Children’s Justice Initiative
Working with Minnesota Judicial Branch to improve child protection processThe Children's Justice Initiative (CJI) is collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota Judicial Branch. The purpose of the initiative is for these two state entities to work closely with the local juvenile courts, social services agencies, county attorneys, public defenders, court administrators, guardians ad litem, tribes, and other key stakeholders in each of Minnesota's 87 counties and two American Indian Child Welfare Initiative (AICWI) tribes to improve the processing of child protection cases and the outcomes for abused and neglected children. The overall objective is to find safe, stable, permanent homes for abused and neglected children, first through reunification with the child's parents if that is safe or, if not, through another permanent placement option. When identifying and implementing improvements, the project's goal is for all stakeholders to operate "through the eyes of the child" so as to achieve child safety, permanency, and well-being.
High quality judicial process reviewedChild protection system stakeholders who want to enhance their understanding of the law are urged to consult a new publication the Minnesota Judges Juvenile Protection Benchbook. Published by the Children’s Justice Initiative and now available on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Web site, the Benchbook specifies the necessary elements of a fair, thorough and timely court process. For each type of hearing (Emergency Protective Care, Admit/Deny, Adjudication, Disposition, Disposition Review, Permanent Placement Determination, etc.), the Benchbook identifies the specific findings, conclusions, and orders required at each stage of the proceeding. The Benchbook will be updated regularly to reflect revisions to federal and state statutes, rules and case law.
Related linksMinnesota Judicial Branch, Children’s Justice Initiative
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