|Legal and Social Resources|
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Divorce Education Classes--Minnesota law now requires parents to go through Co-Parenting classes when family court cases are filed. This site has the classes for Co-Parenting, Co-Kids and L.E.A.D at various locations. Click to view the options and register. [Index]
Best Parent Is Both Parents" can be ordered
for $10 plus $2 shipping and handling from The Children's Rights
Council, 220 Eye St. N.E., Suite 140, Washington, D.D. 20002-4362.
and Estate Planning--Questions
and answers about finding an Elder Law Attorney, www.naela.com/naela/questions.htm. Links to sites concerned with elder law and
estate planning, www.estateplanninglinks.com/. [Index]
Legal Steps is the 2003 edition of the Kinship Caregiver Resource Manual. It provides basic information on how to get the legal authority to make decisions for a child, how to get legal custody of a child and the benefits and services available to help care for a child. It is intended as a practical guide for social workers, attorneys, advocates, and others who work with kinship caregivers or kin who are considering taking a child into their care. Kinship caregivers will find it useful as well. Legal Steps should not be used as a substitute for legal counsel. Available as a free PDF download or hardcopy here.
A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
Minnesota Law Moose--http://lawmoose.com The best site for information on Minnesota and Eighth Circuit Law. The Moose is an excellent one-stop site for links to forms, state law, opinions, legal newspapers, judges and other useful information. One of its best features in its translation service that allows documents to be translated from English to several other languages, including Spanish, and back to English.Moose also contains a link to Minnesota's legal periodicals index at the Minnesota State Law Library.
Statutes, Rules and Laws--Ramsey County can be found at http://www.naco.org/counties/counties/county.cfm?id=27123. The rest of the Minnesota counties can be found at http://www.naco.org/counties/counties/state.cfm. In fact this link will allow access to county s around the nation. The City of St. Paul's can be found at http://www.ci.saint-paul.mn.us/. Othere good sites for local s around the country can be found at http://municipals.lexisnexis.com and http://www.spl.org/selectedsites/muni.html.
Forms and Publications--You
can download any IRS tax form and instructions from the IRS web
site at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/forms_pubs. This site also has links to most state tax
services where you can download state tax forms. [Index]
Web Sites--This list is
not an endorsement of any organization or individual.
Resources for Talking with Children
The Parent Center: www.parentcenter.com/general/34754.html
American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/disastercomm.htm
American Psychological Association: http://helping.apa.org/therapy/traumaticstress.html#children
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: http://www.aacap.org/
Some general advice from the experts includes:
1. Continuously reassure your children that you will help to keep them safe.
2. Turn off the TV. Overexposure to the media can be traumatizing. If your older children are watching the news, be sure to watch with them.
3. Be aware that your child's age will affect his or her response.
Adolescents in particular may be hard hit by these
4. Calmly express your emotions, but remember that a composed demeanor will provide a greater sense of security for your child.
5. Give your children extra time and attention and plan to spend more time with your children in the following months.
6. Let your children ask questions, talk about what happened, and express their feelings.
7. Play with children who can't talk yet to help them work out their fears and respond to the atmosphere around them.
8. Keep regular schedules for activities such as eating, playing and going to bed to help restore a sense of security and normalcy.
9. Consider how you and your child can help. Children are better able to regain their sense of power and security if they feel they can help in some way.
Grasstops, A Multi-Services Advocacy Organization--Grasstops is a multi-service advocacy organization whose motto is "Ensuring all voices are heard". This organization can help community, non-profit and other groups affect public policy in their area of interest. Check out their services on their web site at www.grasstops.org.
Spanish Organizations With Domestic Abuse And
The Storefront Group: www.storefront.org, A multi-faceted human service and mental health provider focused on promoting the positive growth and development of school-aged children and their families in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.