Dakota County Community Services Division
County Programs for Families
Dakota County Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN, 55124-4519
Distance: 1038 Miles
County programs for families with children include:
* Diversionary Work Program (DWP) - A four-month program that helps to support Minnesota parents while they find jobs
* Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) - Helps families with low incomes pay for child care while they go to work, look for work or attend school
* Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) - Helps families in poverty with children through a cash grant, food assistance and employment services
* Parent Support Outreach - Voluntary program for at-risk families to help prevent child abuse and neglect
- People with low income
Check specific program guidelines for requirements.
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
- Dakota County Northern Service Center 1 Mendota Rd W, West St. Paul, MN, 55118-4774
Other Services or resources
- Child and Teen Checkups
- Child Foster Care (CFC) Licensing
- Child Protective Services (CPS)
- Child Support Services (CSS)
- Children's Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS)
- County Veterans Service Office (CVSO)
- Family Child Care (FCC) Licensing
- Mental Health Crisis Response Services - Adult
- Public Health Clinic
- Social Security Advocacy Program
- SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)
- WIC - Supplemental Nutrition Program
Taxonomy Terms Used: Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.
ND-6500.9500Welfare to Work Programs Definition
Programs operated by state agencies or local jurisdictions that offer employment training and supportive services (such as child care, transportation costs, ancillary expenses and personal counseling) for people who are receiving public assistance through the TANF program in an effort to help them become self-supporting. Private organizations, often under contract with a public agency, may be involved in both the provision of training and on-the-job work experience (including volunteering in nonprofit agencies). Public assistance recipients are required to participate in designated program activities a minimum number of hours per week in order to receive their monthly income support payment and supplemental payments for support services.
A state program with matching federal block grant funds administered by the county or the state under state guidelines that provides time-limited cash assistance for needy families with (or expecting) children as well as job preparation, work opportunities and access to supportive services such as child care which enable parents receiving assistance to leave the program and become self-sufficient. TANF, which ends the federal entitlement known as AFDC, creates a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance for most adult recipients; requires that recipients be working or participating in a work-related activity within two years and cooperate with comprehensive child support enforcement efforts including paternity establishment; and contains special live at home and stay in school provisions for teenage parents. States have wide latitude in structuring their TANF programs and may obtain waivers which exempt them from specific federal requirements. Recipients may receive monthly checks or be given electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards which allow them to access their cash benefits at automated teller machines (ATMs) or point of sale (POS) equipment that is located in grocery stores, banks and other commercial locations.
NL-3000.1500Child Care Expense Assistance Definition
Programs that cover all or part of the cost of child care in public and licensed private child care centers or private family child care homes, usually for low-income families or families which include children with disabilities in situations where parents are working, in school or in a training program. Also included are programs that pay the costs of in-home or out-of-home child care when the parent is receiving diagnostic tests, undergoing medical treatment, is hospitalized or needs to be out of the house for other reasons; and those that provide financial assistance to families with young children to help cover some of the costs of a parent staying home to care for their child.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YC-2500General Relief Recipients Definition
Individuals who are receiving cash grants and emergency assistance through the General Relief program, an income maintenance program that is funded entirely by the county for indigent people, usually adults who have no minor children, who are ineligible for any of the federally-funded cash grant programs.
YC-8000SSI Recipients Definition
Individuals who are receiving cash grants through the Supplemental Security Income program, a federal income maintenance program with supplemental state funds which is administered by the Social Security Administration for people who are age 65 and older, are blind or have a disability, and have little or no income and assets.
YC-8500TANF Recipients Definition
Individuals who are receiving cash grants through the TANF program, a state program with matching federal block grant funds administered by the county or the state under state guidelines that provides time-limited cash assistance for needy families with (or expecting) children as well as job preparation, work opportunities and access to supportive services such as child care which enable parents receiving assistance to leave the program and become self-sufficient.
YE-2000.1900Foreign Business Travelers Definition
Foreign nationals coming temporarily to the country to engage in commercial transactions which do not involve gainful employment in that country, i.e., individuals who are engaged in international commerce on behalf of a foreign firm, who receive no salary from sources within the country they are visiting and who are not employed in that country's labor market.
Individuals from other countries who have come to the United States to live permanently.
Individuals who have fled their native country and have been given official permission by the government to settle permanently in another country. In the United States, refugee status is given to people who are outside their country of nationality and who are unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on the individuals' race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Entrant status allows the individual to remain in the U.S., but does not confer true "refugee" status. Asylees are refugees who apply for this status while already in the U.S. (on student or tourist visas, for example).
YE-9000Undocumented People Definition
Individuals who are residing in the country on a temporary or permanent basis without a visa or other documentation to make their presence legal.
YG-8000.3300International Students Definition
Exchange students and other people from countries outside the United States who are enrolled in classes or courses of study in American schools, colleges or universities.
YL-3300.4500Low Income Definition
Individuals or families whose annual income is between 150 and 200% of poverty level for their family size.
YL-3300.6500Poverty Level Definition
People whose annual income is within the federal poverty level guidelines which vary according to family size and are revised annually.
YX-1500.8500Torture Survivors Definition
Individuals who have been subjected to severe physical or psychological abuse intentionally inflicted at the instigation or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.