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Parent Leadership for Child Safety and Permanency

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is recruiting applicants to the Parent Leadership for Child Safety and Permanency Team. The deadline for this application is March 23, 2012. It is important to have some members from outstate Minnesota, so if you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity, please complete the application (link in article) and get it to Rena Moran (email below) no later than March 23, 2012.

What is Parent Leadership for Child Safety and Permanency? The Parent Leadership Team is a partnership between Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) division of Child Safety and Permanency, Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, and parent leaders statewide. The result of this partnership will be to co-create a team of ten volunteer parent consultants. These parents will act as partners with the child welfare system. The team will bring their life experience as well as the knowledge from their communities to partner in reforming practice within DHS.

What are the goals of the team?

- To include parents as key partners in rethinking and improving child welfare strategies;

- Connect parents to policy and child welfare practice reviews;

- Advance family strength-centered practice at local level and community level; and

- Meet federal mandate to include parents in planning, implementation, and evaluation of services.

Who is a parent leader?

The Parent Leadership Team for Child Safety wants parents who have in the past (or are currently) experiencing the benefit of family support programs and who can speak of their experiences and relate them to broader issues. They will need to be able to attend all required team meetings and trainings, can build mutually respectful relationships with a diverse audience, and have had positive experiences participating in community processes and activities.

How do you become a parent leader team member?

The prospective team member must submit an application form and two (2) references: one from an agency/organization where they have benefited from a family support program service and the other one from a personal contact or community member who they have known at least one year.

Where can you find an application?

Follow this link to a pdf of the application. If you have any questions, please contact Rena Moran at 651-757-0087 or email

Parent Leader Consultants:

- Monica Bravo de Carbajal

- Lisa L. Deputie

- Deb Diver

- Charles Dixon

- Hannatu Green

- Kathie Kinder-Goble

- Donna LaDuke

- Matt LaFave

- Iman Mohamud

- Larene Randle

- Saciido Shaie

Until next time: When we help children do better today, we all do better tomorrow. ~