This is an awesome step forward in the fight for child welfare system reform.
Good job Minnesota!!!
Gov. Tim Walz signed into lawHF 554, a bill authored by Rep. Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul), that allows parents who had previously had their parental rights terminated for non-egregious harm to directly seek reestablishment of these rights from the courts.
Currently, only a county attorney can make this petition.
“Whenever we’re able to, we should keep families together and our children deserve to be protected, loved, and nurtured. When they can stay in their community with their parents, this gives them the best outlook in life,” Moran said. “We know all too well that our child welfare system doesn’t seem to always have the best interest of the child in mind, and that’s why it’s important for us to keep working to improve it. Every child deserves a strong future and I thank Governor Walz for signing this important bill into law.”
The House approved the measure by a vote of 130-0 on April 4, and the Senate followed on April 29 with a vote of 66-0 and the governor signed it into law May 6.
Under the bill, petitions for reinstatement of parental rights would only be allowed in cases in which the rights were terminated for non-egregious harm, such as chemical dependency or mental illness, and not for physical, sexual, or psychological abuse.
Studies have shown when children, especially African-American children, remain in the foster system, they face poorer life outcomes than those who remain with their biological families. These include lower lifetime employment rates, a greater chance of experience with the criminal justice system, and higher rates of mental illness and addiction.
The legislation requires the parent to clearly demonstrate the steps they’ve taken to address the underlying issue which led to the termination of rights in the first place, and a judge would make the final decision.
Victims of Jeffery Epstein:
From Jordan Merson, Jeffrey Epsteins’ victims lawyer:
There is nothing more heinous or outrageously offensive than when those who have money and power in our society use it to viciously sexually abuse and dehumanize those who are powerless, young, naive and easily influenced.
Jeffrey Epstein’s actions as set forth in the new criminal allegations against him are inexcusable and deplorable, for it is claimed that the billionaire financier used his money, power and influence to sexually abuse, sexually assault young girls.
If Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused you when you were under 18 years old, you may have a civil claim and be entitled to monetary compensation.
This is separate from the government’s criminal prosecution.
New York has changed its statute of limitations so your claims, no matter when they occurred, will be revived on August 14, 2019 for a limited window.
If you have any questions, please call child sex abuse lawyer Jordan Merson of Merson Law, representing the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, one of the nations prominent sex abuse and child sex assault victims attorneys. (212) 603-9100