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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Terms of Use

Updated 10/25/2012
**This document will be updated/modified as needed. We will post a notice when any changes do occur.**

CASCW follows general University of Minnesota Information Technology Policies, which can be viewed here:

Specifically, CASCW would like to point out that as a Center at the University of Minnesota, a public not-for-profit institution, comments must be appropriate in light of this status. Comments that are inappropriate or offensive are subject to removal without notice. They include comments that:

  • promote commercial enterprises;
  • sell, or solicit offers to sell, goods or services for personal gain; or
  • promote a specific political candidate or political party.

We ask also that you be civil and refrain from personal attacks.

Comments posted to this blog do not represent the opinions of the University of Minnesota.

CASCW Child Welfare Policy Blog Terms of Use

Acceptance of Terms

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (hereafter "CASCW") is a center located in the School of Social Work, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota. CASCW provides blog services to you, subject to the following Terms of Use ("TOU"), which may be revised or updated by CASCW at any time. We will provide notice through one blog post if changes should occur. You can review the current version of the TOU here at any time.


In accordance with CASCW's mission, which is to improve the quality of public child welfare in order to improve the lives of children and families involved in child welfare, the purpose of the CASCW Child Welfare Policy Blog (hereafter "Blog") is to engage audiences on issues related to child welfare policy, both Minnesota and federal. In particular, the Blog is meant to provide child welfare professionals and advocates analyses of child welfare policies while discussing how policies may impact practice.


Your use of the Blog is voluntary. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your login (if applicable), and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your login (if applicable). CASCW cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.

Member Conduct

We reserve the right to monitor user comments in the Blog. That means all user comments and all other information provided by users, including guest posts ("User Content"), may be reviewed after being posted. In addition, CASCW expects that users will treat each other, as well as CASCW employees, with respect. CASCW may remove User Content that contains vulgar or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; offensive terms that target specific people or groups (ethnic, racial, religious, political, etc.); or other material that is unlawful, defamatory, invasive of another's privacy, or otherwise deemed objectionable by CASCW in its sole discretion. CASCW may also remove User Content that is spam, is "off topic," or that promotes services or products.

Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other organizations or individuals posted by Blog users (and not deleted by the Blog administrators) are provided solely for the information of individuals using the Blog. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of CASCW or its representatives or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying CASCW's endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Information Quality Guidelines

Every effort is made by CASCW to provide accurate and complete information. However, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors in information that we post on the Blog. If you have questions about original information created by CASCW posted on the Blog, please contact the Blog's editor, Heidi Ombisa, at or 612-624-3159. For questions about information linked to but not created by CASCW (such as news articles, external blogs, etc.), please contact the originating source.

You acknowledge and agree that CASCW may preserve User Content and may also disclose such User Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the TOU; (c) respond to claims that any User Content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of CASCW, its users and the public.

You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Blog, including User Content, may involve: (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

You agree that if you post User Content that contains statements or depictions of violence against any person, group of people, or organization, CASCW may report this incident and any such User Content to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Content Submitted or Made Available for Inclusion on the Blog

CASCW does not claim ownership of User Content that you post on the Blog. CASCW only claims ownership of Content that we generate. CASCW takes no responsibility for, nor does it endorse, represent or warrant the accuracy of any User Content. CASCW takes no responsibility for the inclusion of third-party links or other third-party content such as articles in User Content. You agree that you are responsible for securing any necessary consent, waiver, release, license, or permission for your reuse or inclusion of any third-party links or other third-party content in any User Content that you post on the Blog.

You grant to CASCW an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, and publicly display User Content (in whole or part) that you post on the Blog in any media, without compensation, notification, approval, or other obligation to anyone, including you.


You agree to indemnify and hold CASCW, and its officers, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, affiliates, and other partners, harmless from any claim, demand, action, damages, losses, or costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party in connection with, related to, or arising out of any User Content that you submit, post, transmit, or make available through the Blog, your use of the Blog, your connection to the Blog, your violation of the TOU, or your infringement upon or violation of any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights of another.

Modifications to Service

CASCW reserves the right to, at any time, modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Blog (or any part or Content thereof). You agree that CASCW shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of our presence on or Content posted to the Blog.


The Blog will at times provide external links solely for our users' information and convenience. When you select a link to an external website, you are leaving the Blog and are subject to the terms of use, privacy policies, and security policies of the owners or sponsors of such external website. CASCW may provide, or users or other third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources through the Blog. You acknowledge and agree that CASCW shall not be responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and shall not be responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that CASCW shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your use of or reliance on any such content, advertising, products, services, or other materials available on or through any such site or resource. CASCW shall not be responsible for the terms of use or the privacy or security policies or practices of the owners or sponsors of other websites. When you leave the Blog and navigate to any other website, you should read the privacy statements of each such website.

Contacting CASCW

If you have any questions about the TOU, please contact the Blog editor via email at or by phone at 612-624-3159.

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