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Children's Justice Initiative

The Children's Justice Initiative (CJI) is a collaboration between the Minnesota Judicial Branch and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 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 to improve the processing of child protection cases and the outcomes for abused and neglected children.

The overall objectives are to improve child wellbeing and timely 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.

If you have a question about the Children's Justice Initiative, click on the following link to contact the CJI Managers:  Ann Ahlstrom and Judy Nord, Staff Attorneys  Send an email via our contact form

Related Links:
Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure
Minnesota Rules of Adoption Procedure
Minnesta Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure in Juvenile and Family Court Cases

Guardian Ad Litem Program Website

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CJI Managers
Send an email via our contact form

Minnesota Judicial Center (MJC)
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155