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Know Your Rights: Kinship Families

Know Your Rights: Kinship Families

This presentation is for relative and kin families who are interested in being a permanency resource for a child in foster care they know and love. It is also helpful for attorneys who represent them and want to better understand this unique part of the law. This webinar explores:

  • The rights of relatives or kin.
  • The important legal considerations and timeframes at different stages of a child protection case.
  • When to hire an attorney.
  • What to expect if relative/kin end up seeking representation.
  • Ways to figure out if an attorney is competent in these types of cases.


Natalie Netzel is the Education and Advocacy Director of the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She joined the Institute to Transform Child Protection as a staff attorney in August of 2016. Natalie works directly with law and social work students in the Child Protection Clinic representing parents in child protection cases. She also supports institute training, research, and community engagement events. Additionally, Natalie serves as the Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to joining the Institute to Transform Child Protection, Natalie was a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Hamline University, her M.S.E. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Misty Coonce, MSW, LISW, has worked in the child welfare field for more than 10 years. She brings personal experience as an adoptee from the Minnesota foster care system. Misty earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She is a Program Director at Ampersand Families, spearheading the agency’s efforts to increasingly engage relatives and kin as permanency resources for foster youth.

The mission of Ampersand Families is to recruit and support permanent families for older youth and to champion practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope. We believe that excellent work in adoption must honor youths’ right to sustain relationships with relatives, kin, community and culture.

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Please complete and submit the form below to be taken to the training page on MnAdopt’s website. Once on their website, add the webinar to your cart, and go through the checkout process to watch the webinar session. This training is free to access.

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