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We Got This: How Hennepin County Family Court Services Is Meeting the Challenge in the Time of COVID

Like every other agency, Hennepin County Family Court Services regular routine and structure were altered considerably with the onset of COVID-19. Within a matter of days, calendars for both staff and families which had been set, sometimes months in advance, were suddenly wiped clear. In person services across the board were suspended, and serious questions arose about how HCFCS would function. With determination and creativity, HCFCS has been able to adapt quickly to meet the needs of both families and the Court.

During this Community Chat session, three Custody and Parenting Time Mediators/Evaluators will share how the Department has utilized the Microsoft Teams platform to provide Mediations, Social Early Neutral Evaluations, and Facilitated Settlement Conferences. The discussion will also address how evaluative services are being conducted without the benefit of in person contact. Attorneys and mental health providers will gain insight into the process that has been implemented that they can share with their clients to prepare them for the various services that are offered. While challenges continue to exist, HCFCS has shown the ability to meet them as they come.

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Greetings to all members of the Minnesota Chapter of AFCC! In our continuing commitment to improve the lives of all children and families through the resolution of family conflict, our chapter has

The AFCC community lost a beloved member earlier this year. Our good friend and valued colleague, Jessie Ware, left a lasting impact on many Minnesota families dealing with conflict. Her infectious hu

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