Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Adoption Services, Foster Care, and Child Protection
444 Lafayette Rd N, St. Paul, MN, 55155
Distance: 1234 Miles
The child protection system responds to reports of maltreatment and abuse and helps to support families in safely caring for their children. Foster parents care for children in the child protection system who have been removed from their homes, and help children to return safely home, if possible, and keep family connections. Children who cannot be safely reunified with parents find a safe home-life through adoption or transfer of custody to a relative. Programs help youth transition to independent adulthood.
* Parent Support Outreach Program
* Safe Harbor - for young people who are victims of sexual trafficking
* Safe Place for Newborns law
* Foster Family Supports
* Transition programs - help youth move successfully from foster care to independent adulthood
* Transfer of child custody to a relative
To report concerns about child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse, contact the county or reservation where the child lives. If the child is in immediate risk of harm, contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911.
Application processes vary by program; contact your local county human services agency for more information.
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
State of Minnesota
|DHS Information Desk||(651) 431-2000|
|Speech-to-Speech relay||(877) 627-3848|
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
Other Services or resources
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LJ-5000.8000Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns Definition
Hospitals, health centers, police stations, fire houses and other facilities that are willing to accept, without questions, newborn babies delivered by mothers who are unwilling or unable to care for an infant and are thereby at risk for abandonment. Police reports are generally not filed and no attempt is made to contact the mother's family, even in situations where her identity is known. Infant safe haven statutes vary by jurisdiction with regard to who may leave a baby at a safe haven, the age of the baby at the time of relinquishment, the facilities that can be designated as safe havens, the responsibilities of safe haven providers, anonymity protection for parents and the consequences of relinquishment.
PH-6500.1500Children's Protective Services Definition
Programs that investigate reports of child abuse, neglect or abandonment; document substantiated cases; provide for the temporary placement of children who, for their own protection, have been removed from the custody of the adults who are responsible for their care; work with families who are experiencing a problem with child abuse with the objective of facilitating continued family unification or reunification; and provide ongoing supportive services for children in permanent placement.
TD-0300.8000State Government Agencies/Departments Definition
The principal executive divisions of state government in the United States including state offices, departments, divisions, bureaus, boards and commissions, that are responsible, by law, for the management and control of public business and property.
TD-6500Planning/Coordinating/Advisory Groups Definition
Governing boards, advisory boards, commissions, committees and other groups that provide advice, guidance and, in some cases, formal oversight, for public and private organizations that are responsible for the provision of services to the community; that assess existing social conditions and problems and develop and assist in the implementation of specific strategies for meeting the human service needs of the community; and/or which assist community agencies and organizations to coordinate the provision of services in an efficient, nonduplicative way. Also included are entities that are composed of community agencies which have an established networking relationship that provides a collaborative approach to addressing specific identified community needs and problems.
YK-2000.0200Adoptive Families Definition
Families in which one or more of the children is adopted.
YK-6500.0500Adoptive Parents Definition
Individuals who have taken the child of another into their family and have given him or her the rights, privileges and duties of child and heir.
YK-6500.2000Foster Parents Definition
Individuals who are licensed to provide a home for orphaned, abused, neglected or delinquent children or children with disabilities, usually with the approval of the government or a social service agency.
YK-8000.0500Adopted Children Definition
Children who have been relinquished by their natural parents or are otherwise unable to remain in the care of their natural parents and who have new legal parentage. Also included are adults who were adopted as children.
YK-8000.2000Foster Children Definition
Children and youth who have alternative living arrangements in agency-supervised private family homes due to their own social, physical or emotional problems or those of another family member.
YX-0500Abused Children Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have been subjected to a persistent pattern of violence and/or neglect which may include emotional abuse, emotional deprivation, physical abuse and corporal punishment that results in a traumatic condition, physical neglect and/or inadequate supervision, and/or sexual abuse or exploitation.
YZ-0200Adoption/Foster Care Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topics of adoption and/or foster care as well as foster care transition.
YZ-1450Child Abuse Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of child abuse.