Minneapolis & Saint Paul Child Protection Attorney

Areas We Represent: EPC – CHIPS – TPR – Voluntary Transfers – Trials – Appeals

Child protection cases are emotional and complex. The words and phrases used during the cases does not help matters. Allow us to take the mystery out of the process.

“CHIPS” means a Child In need of Protection or Services. It is the umbrella term for almost all proceedings. As the name implies, it can include taking the child out of your home (protection), or requiring you to do certain things to keep the child in your home (services) or both.

“EPC” means Emergency Protective Care hearing. It is a hearing that must take place within 72 hours if a child has been removed from his or her home without their parents’ consent.

“TPR” means Termination of Parental Rights. It is when the government is specifically asking to take all of your rights to your child away.

“Voluntary Transfer” is when a parent agrees to transfer some or all of his or her rights to their child to someone else. It is a procedure sometimes used by a parent who does not believe they can properly provide for a child, even with help, such as when they are in prison or hopelessly addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Child protection cases typically start when Social Services (Human Services) files a petition seeking to take control of children and/or child related matters within a parent’s home. They oftentimes allege neglect, drug use in the home, or abuse. If the court finds that a child protection issue exists, the Court can take away every right you have with regard to your children, including terminating your rights to ever see your own child again. More than any other area of the law, you need a qualified, experienced, aggressive, and compassionate attorney who will fight for you, regardless of your fault. Losing your case could mean losing your rights to the most precious person in your life.

Contact our office online or call 612-222-6127 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.


Our approach to child protection is simple: to reunite you with your child as quickly as possible and to get the government out of your home forever. Our attorneys have extensive training and experience in Child Protection cases and each attorney has been certified by the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Judicial Counsel to represent parents and children in child protection matters. They are not afraid to go to trial if necessary, and they do not accept as true the allegations and reports of the County, Social Services, or the guardian ad litem.

Unlike other attorneys who simply guide their clients through the process, we build your case against the government’s allegations by aggressively attacking the foundation for the reports. We use our on-staff investigator to dig into the allegations and to bring to light positive evidence for our clients. If our client admits to the allegations, then our approach shifts to assuring that Social Services provides our clients with every single resource available to help them be successful, and we recommend additional resources and programs that will help. Using these strategies, we have a proven record or reuniting families.

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Before you make any decision about what to do, you need to speak to an experienced attorney who can intelligently guide you through all of these issues, to answer your questions, and to help you make the best decision for you and your future. The initial consultation is free and 100% confidential, so you have nothing to lose by calling.

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