The Imprint Hires Farrah Mina as Its First Child Welfare Reporter in Minnesota

 
MINNEAPOLIS - Feb. 15, 2022 - PRLog -- The Imprint, a national publication covering child welfare, juvenile justice and youth homelessness around the country, has hired its first full-time reporter for the state of Minnesota.

Farrah Mina, a Minnesota native who interned with The Imprint during her college career, was hired to cover child welfare at a critical moment for that field. Parental right to legal counsel, support of kinship caregivers and racial disproportionality in foster care are among the key issues being discussed in the state.

"This is such a tremendous moment in the history of our organization to hire such a promising young reporter, especially one that worked with us as an intern," said John Kelly, co-executive director of Fostering Media Connections, which publishes The Imprint. "After years of hard work with great freelance reports to build a reporting base in Minnesota, we are thrilled for the opportunity to bring the kind of scrutiny that only a full-time reporting presence can provide."

Mina worked with The Imprint in 2020 through the Emma Bowen Foundation Fellows program, which provides multi-year internships to students of color at media companies across the country. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she joined the staff of the Kansas City Star, first as a data intern and then as a full-time reporting fellow.

This new position was made possible by multi-year support by the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Sauer Family Foundation, which invests in strengthening the well-being of children to help them thrive in their families and communities. The foundation previously supported The Imprint's entry into Minnesota, enabling the publication to produce quality enterprise reporting. A series of stories titled "Latonia vs. Chisago County (https://imprintnews.org/minnesota-series-v8)" explored questions of race and the prioritization of kin in the state's child welfare system. Another featured piece examined a month of court cases to help explain the everyday impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act (https://imprintnews.org/law-policy/minneapolis-lawyers-re...), which is currently being challenged in federal court.

With reporting staff in California, New York and Minnesota covering issues of youth justice and child welfare, The Imprint will be better able to connect national trends with local stories.

Fostering Media Connections (FMC) uses media and journalism to lead the conversation about children, youth and families in America. FMC publishes The Imprint, a daily news site focused on child welfare and youth justice as well as a bi-monthly magazine, Fostering Families Today, which is distributed to foster families across America.

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