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Washington County Community Services

Child Protective Services (CPS)

14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, MN, 55082-6102

Distance: 999 Miles

(651) 430-6457

Website

https://mn.gov/dhs/partners-and-providers/program-overviews/child-protection-foster-care-adoption

Service Details

Description

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. To learn more about the laws about child maltreatment and reporting, visit: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/626.556


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.


Additional Information

For more information on this service see the agency online at https://www.co.washington.mn.us/806/Child-Protection


Eligibility

Children who have been abused or neglected or who are at risk of being abused or neglected, and their families are eligible for services.


Application Instructions

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. To learn more about reporting, visit: https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-2917-ENG


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.


Statewide list of phone numbers:
https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/services/child-protection/contact-us


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, contact Child Protective Services at: (651) 430-6457


(651) 291-6795 After hours/weekends


Fees

County social services assess family's need for services without regard to family income.


Business Hours

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


Area Served

Washington County


Websites

Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (651) 430-6455
FAX (651) 430-6605
Main - Social Services (651) 430-6457
Main - Stillwater (651) 430-6000
Main -Financial Assistance (651) 430-6459
Toll Free (844) 711-1907

Last Update

6/14/2019

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