Children and Families



In addition to economic support and health care, DHS provides many services to help children and families pursue the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

  • Adolescent services

    DHS works with others to provide programs for youth at risk, including those who are or were in out-of-home care or minor parents. 

  • Adoption

    DHS ensures that children placed for adoption within Minnesota or across state lines benefit from all legal protections.

  • Child care

    Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program helps income-eligible families. Parent Aware helps parents find options that prepare children for kindergarten. Other initiatives help improve the quality of child care throughout the state.

  • Child protection

    The child protection system responds to situations of alleged maltreatment and helps support families to safely care for their children.

  • Child support

    Minnesota’s child support program benefits children by enforcing parental responsibility for their support.

  • Child support calculator

    This tool estimates the amount of child support the court may order on a child support case.

  • Deaf and hard of hearing services

    DHHS serves people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deafblind, families, service providers, employers and businesses.

  • DHS direct care and treatment

    DHS direct care and treatment provides an array of residential and treatment programs serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and other needs.

  • Foster care

    Foster parents provide a bridge with birth parents to enable children to return safely home or to a new adoptive or permanent family.

  • Housing

    DHS works to integrates housing, services and income supports to enable adults to live in their communities.

  • Indian child welfare

    These services protect children and families’ interests by maintaining the integrity of the Indian family, extended family and tribal communities.

  • Refugee assistance

    This program coordinates services to assist refugees in making the transition to life in the United States.

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