Minnesota Prairie County Alliance
Child Protective Services (CPS)
Minnesota Prairie County Alliance - Waseca County
299 Johnson Ave SW, Ste 160, Waseca, MN, 56093-2534
Distance: 1006 Miles
Child Protective Services (CPS) help to keep children safe from physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse. When Child Protective Services receives a report of suspected problems, it responds by assessing for the child's safety, family and risk factors. Child Protective Services also helps families get the services they need to change unhealthy behaviors.
In Minnesota, child abuse includes causing injury or threat of injury whether physical, mental or sexual. Neglect means not meeting the needs of a child for food, clothing, shelter, medical or mental health care, safety, education and/or supervision that a parent or guardian is supposed to provide. Learn more about the laws about child maltreatment and reporting.
CPS supports families to stay together or reunite when it is safe to do so. Sometimes the child protection agency determines that a family needs services to help support them so that they can safely care for their child(ren). Services for families may include family counseling, parenting education, help to apply for money or food benefits, access to services such as education or mental health care, and/or helping to meet basic needs such as housing and food.
When it is not safe for a child to stay with the family, CPS finds a safe place for the child to live temporarily, with medical, mental health and other services as needed. CPS works with the family to develop a plan for the child to return safely home. Sometimes it is not possible for the child to return to the family's home due to safety issues. Then CPS works with the foster care and related systems to ensure the child's safety.
Children who have been abused or neglected or who are at risk of being abused or neglected, and their families are eligible for services.
A call to a county social services agency, or for families residing on Leech Lake or White Earth Reservations to the tribal social services agency, begins the process. State statute requires an immediate response to reports of maltreatment that indicate a child is in imminent danger.
Anyone may report suspected child abuse or neglect to the local child protection or police:
* A child or youth can call for help
* An adult friend or family member can call
* People who work with children or families (such as teachers or day care workers) are required by the law to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
You do not have to know for sure or have evidence of abuse or neglect to call. You may call if you have any question that there may be abuse or neglect.
If the child is in immediate danger or abandoned, dial 911 for emergency help.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, contact Child Protective Services at: (507) 431-5725 for Steele and Dodge counties and (507) 835-0560 for Waseca County
County social services assess family's need for services without regard to family income.
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday
8:00am - 7:00pm, Tuesday
8:00am - 4:30pm, Wednesday - Friday
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Other Services or resources
- Adult Foster Care (AFC) and Community Residential Setting (CRS) Licensing
- Adult Mental Health Services
- Adult Protective Services (APS)
- Apply for Waiver Programs
- Case Management - Developmental Disabilities
- Child Foster Care (CFC) Licensing
- Child Support Services (CSS)
- Consumer Support Grant (CSG) Program
- County Programs for Families
- County Programs for Food Support
- County Programs for Health Care Financial Assistance
- County Programs for Income Assistance
- County Programs for People with Disabilities
- Emergency Assistance
- Family Child Care (FCC) Licensing
- Family Support Grant (FSG)
- Find Substance Use Disorder Treatment
- Housing Support
- Mental Health Case Management
- MnCHOICES Assessment and Support Planning
- Parenting Support - Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)
- Social Security Representative Payee
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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.
YX-0500.1800Emotionally Abused Children Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have been subjected to a persistent pattern of emotional abuse or deprivation which typically includes excessive verbal assaults, unpredictable responses, continual negative moods, constant family discord, double message communication and/or parental denial of the normal experiences which provide children with the assurance that they are loved, wanted, secure and worthy.
YX-0500.6000Neglected Children Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have been subjected to a persistent pattern of physical neglect which involves the failure of parents or caretakers to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, protection, supervision, and medical and dental care for the child.
YX-0500.6400Physically Abused Children Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have been subjected to a persistent pattern of abuse that involves unexplained injuries such as bruises, bite marks, burns, whipping marks, head injuries, fractures, whiplash, shaken infant syndrome or other abrasions, lacerations or scars that a child sustains at the hands of a caregiver.
YX-0500.8000-100Child Incest Survivors Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have been subjected to sexual abuse by a parent, a guardian or other family or extended family member whom the child trusts and who is in a position of power over the child. Sexual abuse includes any form of sexual activity that is imposed upon a child, regardless of the child's cooperation, from lewd remarks or voyeurism to fondling, oral copulation, sodomy or rape.
YX-0500.8000-150Child Sexual Assault Survivors Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have survived actual or attempted acts of rape, forced oral copulation, sodomy, fondling, indecent exposure or other forms of sexual assault by an individual other than a family member.
YX-0500.8000-800Sexually Exploited Children Definition
Individuals younger than age 18 who have been persuaded or coerced to perform sexual acts in a film or photograph or who have been introduced to juvenile prostitution and forced or persuaded to perform sexual acts in exchange for money.