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Permanency Technical Assistance Workshops


Friday, October 27, 2017
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Center
2200 23rd St. NE, Willmar, MN

Costs: There is no fee for registration, materials, credits, meals or refreshments. Attendees are responsible for travel costs and accommodations.

CHIPS Specialization Project Overview:
On January 1, 2018, a CHIPS specialization project will begin in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties where one judge will be the sole judge presiding over CHIPS, permanency, and adoption proceedings.

The project’s goals are to:

  • Implement practices to improve child safety, permanency, and wellbeing.
  • Implement best practices to improve efficiencies for the court process; and
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal child protection requirements, including engaging parents, tribes and relatives; scheduling hearings; issuing findings and orders; developing case plans; and filing GAL and social work reports to the court; etc.
Workshop Purpose
Please join your colleagues at this 8th District CHIPS Specialization Workshop to learn more about the project and how the stakeholders will continue working together to ensure the permanency timelines and reasonable/active efforts requirements are being achieved in all five counties.

The workshop is designed to:
  • Identify the key events and requirements of the 12-month permanency timelines, the three legally-permissible exceptions for extending the timelines and strategies for ensuring the timelines are being met.
  • Provide technical assistance about the purpose and meaning of making "reasonable efforts."
RegistrationRegistration for this workshop is by invite only and is encouraged for everyone handling CHIPS cases in the five project counties. Invites have been sent to all child welfare system stakeholders in the five project counties, including judges, court administration staff, county attorneys, social workers, attorneys for parents and children, guardians ad litem, tribal social workers and judges, and other stakeholders.
This workshop has been approved for 6 standard CLE credits. Please reference CLE event code 248745.