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Child Protection/Child Welfare


Child Protection Services

Concerns about child abuse or neglect

Minnesota’s child protection system responds to situations where children are alleged to be maltreated and helps support families to safely care for their children. The Department of Human Services works with Minnesota’s 87 counties, 11 federally recognized tribes and community-based providers to support interventions that strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment. 

Providing resources to families for basic needs, such as housing or child care, significantly improve the safety of children in their homes and communities.

In Minnesota, approximately 25,000 children are reported for abuse and neglect to the child protection system each year, which counties and tribes assess. The department’s fact sheet on Child Safety and Permanency (PDF)  provides current statistical information.

Programs for youth who have been sexually exploited

Youth who are victims of sex trafficking can get help with emergency shelter, transitional living and other supportive services. Various community groups provide these services through Minnesota’s Safe Harbor for Youth programs.

Options for mothers who cannot keep their babies

Mothers who are not able to care and provide for their child can consider placing their baby for adoption. Many organizations in Minnesota can help with this. In extreme situations, new mothers can leave their newborn up to seven days old at certain locations under the state’s Safe Place for Newborns law.


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