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2018 CHIPS Conference
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Featuring 16.00 hours of CLE credit devoted specifically to CHIPS, including 1 hour of ethics and 2.75 hours of bias. This year’s course begins with a day of CHIPS 101 sessions for newer CHIPS attorneys, with Thursday and Friday featuring more advanced sessions. Registration is open and hotel information can be found by entering the course page.

9/19/2018 to 9/21/2018
When: September 19 - 21, 2018
Beginning at 10:00 am Wednesday
Where: Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane Northwest
Alexandria, Minnesota  56308
United States
Contact: Stacy Albrecht

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Registration is open to County Attorneys and Assistant County Attorneys who practice in the area of CHIPS.  Fee Includes: All training sessions, meals and handouts are included in the registration fee. Hotel stays must be reserved by the registrant with the hotel.

Wednesday morning begins with a CHIPS 101 session and moves into more advanced 201 topics in the afternoon. Thursday begins with the legislative update. Attendees can attend all 3 days or choose to attend certain days, based on skill level. See the agenda for complete details. Registration fees, by day, can be selected when you complete your registration.

Paid registrations will be refunded in full if cancellation is received at least 72 hours before the program; if less than 72 hours, a $45 administration fee will be deducted. Paid registrants who fail to attend will  receive the written materials.

Special Hotel Rate Information: Participants are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at Arrowwood at the special rate of $99.00 per night. Call the hotel directly at 866-386-5263 or 320-762-1124. Be sure to request the MN County Attorneys rate. Reservations must be made by August 19, 2018, to ensure the special $99 rate.

If you wish to register by web, click here to be taken to the MCAA registration page. The Promo code for the special rate is CHIPS18

Approval has been received for 12.25 Standard CLE, 1.00 Ethics and 2.75 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits.

Download a copy of the agenda.

September 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration and Beverage Break
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CHIPS 101
This session will provide a rash course for attorneys who have 0-3 years of experience doing Child Protection; basic terminology, acronyms, helpful hints and resources will be provided.

Jennifer Christensen, Juvenile Division Manager, Carver County Attorney’s Office
Deborah Simonson, Assistant Scott County Attorney
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Permanency 201
An in-depth discussion of the different kinds of permanency including what to consider in determining what type of permanency to pursue; expedited (a/k/a bypass or straight to TPR) cases will be examined.

Jennifer Christensen, Assistant Waseca County Attorney
Deborah Simonson, Assistant Scott County Attorney
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Northstar Basics
A summary of the Northstar Financial Assistance Programs will be provided along with a discussion of Northstar Kinship Assistance and transfers of permanent legal and physical custody including:
  • Social services process
  • Court proceedings, findings, orders
  • What attorneys can do to help
  • Common issues, problems, and possible solutions
  • Michael Donohue, Northstar Quality Assurance Consultant, DHS
    Erin Johnson, Assistant Washington County Attorney
    Heidi Ombisa Skallet, Department of Human Services
    2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trial Prep 201
    Learn the basics of preparing and trying both CHIPS and permanency cases. Topics will include theory of the case, building your petition, choosing, prepping and questioning witnesses, exhibits and findings.

    Mary Evenhouse, Assistant Itasca County Attorney
    Sherry Haley, Jackson County Attorney
    Nicole Springstead, Assistant Lyon County Attorney
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ICWA Basics
    Learn the nuts and bolts of handling an ICWA case. Good for those attorneys who have little to no experience with ICWA cases.

    Heather Capistrant, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
    Mary Lynch, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    September 20, 2018
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 2018 Legal Update: Statutes, Juvenile Protection Rules, Case Law
    Learn about new legislation; gone but not forgotten: bills that will be back next year; amendments to juvenile protection rules and a case law update.

    Ann Ahlstrom, Hennepin County Administration
    Kathryn Eilers, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
    Mary Lynch, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Beverage Break
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Parent and Party Variations
    A comprehensive overview of the many forms of parents and parties that are involved in child protection proceedings, including, but not limited to, alleged fathers, legal fathers, how to establish paternity, incarcerated parents, out of state parents, parents that can’t be located and served, transgender parents, deceased parents, permanent custodians, Indian custodians, intervening parties, and guardians. Additionally, how to meet and address the various requirements and legal issues that each unique parent and party presents.

    Erin A. Goltz, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    Amy Olson, Assistant McLeod County Attorney
    Sarah Winge, Assistant Aitkin County Attorney
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Critical Points for Attorney Consultation on Assessment and Investigation
    A social services agency makes many critical decisions about a case before a petition is ever filed in court. This session will discuss those decisions and when, how and why the county attorney should be involved. A basic overview of the screening, assignment and investigation/assessment process will be reviewed; attorney consultation: mandatory and best practices examined and how to work with the agency through strained relationships and scarce resources will debated.

    Gayle Borchert, Assistant Stearns County Attorney
    Christos Jensen, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney

    Erin Johnson, Assistant Washington County Attorney
    Lori Whittier, Managing Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
    2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Interstate Compact on Placement of Children - ICPC
    What is the Interstate Compact and why is it important? Learn what happens if the ICPC process is not followed. Expedited process vs. non-expedited process will be considered. What are your options if the ICPC request is denied? Finally tips on building relationships with out of state placement options.

    Melissa Jacobson, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    Mical Peterson, Minnesota Department of Human Services

    3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ethics for CHIPS Attorneys
    Deliberate small office dilemmas such as what are the ethical considerations if you handle more than just CHIPS cases for the family. In addition to conflicts of interest such as handling multiple cases, balancing your role as the attorney with social services as your client and/or serving public safety.

    Tim Sime, Assistant Sherburne County Attorney
    September 21, 2018
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Child Protection Potpourri
    Panel of attorneys discuss a wide variety of child protection topics, legal issues, and practices through a moderated question and answer format or through small group case consultation. Participants are encouraged to submit topics and questions, whether unique or common, prior to and during the conference. This is your opportunity to receive input on novel or complicated issues you are facing or just to brainstorm and compare how other counties across the state are handling recurring issues we all face and seek to improve.

    Moderator: Maya Tester, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    Rachel Cornelius, Assistant Waseca County Attorney
    Christos Jensen, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
    Erin Johnson, Assistant Washington County Attorney
    Amy Olson, Assistant McLeod County Attorney
    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
    10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ICWA 201
    This session is designed for those attorneys who have a basic working knowledge of ICWA. Discussion will include current issues, challenges, and trends.

    Heather Capistrant, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
    Mary Lynch, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
    Laura Newton, ICWA Program Director of the American Indian Center

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