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Emily Gurnon

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


Lawsuit Alleges Fatal Lapses in Emergency Foster Care Placement

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.


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

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. 

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University of Pennsylvania Seeks Input on Foster Care Suicide Assessment

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. 


Suicide Looms Large in Minds of Many Foster Youth

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
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.


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

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.