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Emily Gurnon

Emily Gurnon is a freelance reporter and former court reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

3/27/2021

Lawsuit Alleges Fatal Lapses in Emergency Foster Care Placement

Mom: “I want them to acknowledge their mistakes and fix it so this doesn’t happen to somebody else’s baby.” By Emily Gurnon Seventeen-month-old Layla Jackson had been in a suburban Minneapolis foster home for just four months when she died a brutal death at the hands of her foster father – after county officials failed to follow up on numerous signs that the placement was unsafe.

3/25/2021

Minnesota Counties, Workers Sued in Death of Child in Foster Care

By Emily Gurnon The trustee for relatives of a 17-month-old girl who was beaten to death in an unlicensed Minnesota foster home has filed a wrongful death suit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against two counties, a foster mother and social workers whom she alleges failed to protect the toddler. 

Youth Services Insider

10/13/2020

University of Pennsylvania Seeks Input on Foster Care Suicide Assessment

By Emily Gurnon

Lily Brown, University of Penn.: “There’s not currently a systematic way to assess youth in the system for their suicide risk,
Researchers at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry want to hear from those involved in the care of youth in the foster care system for a study on the topic of suicide risk assessments. 

9/27/2020

Suicide Looms Large in Minds of Many Foster Youth

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
By Emily Gurnon As a kid, Ed Shoemaker liked the outdoors. So when his mother suggested they go camping – putting him in the back of her SUV in the driveway with a blanket, flashlight and a book – he settled in, content.

9/24/2020

Survey Finds Black and Native Foster Youth Bearing the Brunt of Coronavirus in Minnesota

By Emily Gurnon More than 80% of Minnesota current or former foster youth have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and the fallout has been disproportionately borne by African Americans and American Indians, according to a report released today by the Foster Advocates, a St.