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Child Protection

This guide covers child protection (CHIPS) proceedings, termination of parental rights (TPR) proceedings, and options for caring for a relative's child.

Court-Appointed Attorneys

On January 1, 2023, changes to Minn. Stat. § 260C.163, subd. 3 took effect, requiring the appointment of attorneys to parents, guardians, and custodians who request and financially qualify for an attorney before the first hearing on the petition and at all stages of the juvenile protection proceedings. Read on for more information about the changes to the law. 


In our positions as librarians, not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file) or legal opinions (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts). To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law. Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, more research is often required to find a complete and correct answer. For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.