Chris Serres | Star Tribune
Reporter | Social Services

Chris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune. He writes about issues affecting society's most vulnerable populations, including the poor, elderly, mentally ill and people with cognitive and physical disabilities. He is married and has two children, Dominic, 12, and Emmanuelle, 10. He has been a newspaper reporter for 20 years.


Minnesota surveillance camera ruling a victory for nursing home residents

Resident of a Bemidji nursing home wanted to document poor care.


Minn. sex offenders petition U.S. Supreme Court

Lawsuit claims Minnesota's sex offender program violates the Constitution.


Feds seize $2 million from mental health agency accused of bilking Medicaid

Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.


Minn. ruling on abuse at group home likely to be far-reaching one

The decision, in the case of a man burned over 35 percent of his body, will likely prevent facilities from insulating themselves from often-costly lawsuits.


Obituary: Marietta E. Spencer worked to change adoption in U.S.

Marietta E. Spencer, a former executive at Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, was a pioneering social worker whose research and work with families helped to…


Psychologist: Serial rapist obsessed with deviant thoughts, not ready to leave program

Expert witness appears on fourth day of Thomas Duvall's discharge hearing.


Minn. serial rapist testifies about violent history and fantasies

In tearful testimony, Thomas Duvall describes his violent past and pleaded to be released.


As serial rapist seeks release from custody, experts disagree whether he's ready

Some say Thomas Duvall did "benefit from treatment"; state is expected to disagree.


Rapist who wants out of MSOP tests how Minn. treats sex offenders

A panel is hearing testimony this week on whether Thomas Duvall, 61, is still a danger.


Child abuse reports soar across Minn., straining system

They rose 25 percent last year for the second straight year of sharp increases. State officials are pushing reforms aimed at preventing child abuse.