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  • Lafayette Building
    444 Lafayette Rd N, St. Paul, MN 55155
Service Info
Service:Forgotten Children's Fund
Agency:Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Loc Name:Lafayette Building
Location:444 Lafayette Rd N, St. Paul, MN, 55155 Map
Phone: (651) 431-4685

Service Description

The Forgotten Children's fund is a grant for foster children to allow them to participate in more activities and feel more a part of their foster families, schools and communities.

Administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the fund provides up to $300 per child (one time only) so foster families can purchase special items and services for the children in their care.

The fund has helped pay for bikes, art supplies, sports equipment, driver’s education classes, summer camps and music lessons.
While foster care payments cover children’s basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and some incidentals, this fund goes beyond that to fulfill children’s special interests.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services now manages the fund, which is supported entirely through donations and bequests. No tax dollars are used to reimburse from the Forgotten Children’s Fund.


Building Accessibility
  • Accessible main entrance (zero step approach)
  • Accessible public restroom
  • Designated disability parking
Child Foster Care Placement
  • Special services available
Client Conveniences
  • Assistance accessing community resources
  • Social activities
Contracted/Grant Services
  • State of Minnesota
  • Free / no cost to eligible clients
Type of Client Preferred
  • Family


Child needs to be in an out-of-home placement by a county social service agency, juvenile court or a voluntary placement for treatment.
Each child can only access the grant one time.

Application Instructions

To apply for these funds, foster parents or other children services providers ask the child’s county or tribal social worker to request reimbursement from the Forgotten Children’s Fund.
The request must have the names and birth dates of foster children, amount requested (up to a one time maximum reimbursement of $300 per child), and a detailed explanation of the purchase.
If the county or tribal worker agrees with the request they will forward it in writing to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


No fee for this service. Often foster families and providers pay for part of the expenses and the fund helps pay for up to $300..

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

State of Minnesota




Telephone types, numbers and hours

Main DHS number (651) 431 - 20008:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Speech-to-Speech relay (877) 627 - 3848
TTY (800) 627 - 35298:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

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