Nikki Farago, Children and Family Services deputy assistant commissioner, has dedicated her career to serving Minnesota’s families. Since assuming the position in May 2016, Farago has overseen operations within Children and Family Services, advanced child welfare and public assistance policy, and represented Children and Family Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In her managerial role, she provides support to several divisions overseeing child care, child support, community partnerships, child safety and permanency, and economic and employment supports.
Farago joined the department in 2013 as the Legislation and External Affairs director for Children and Family Services, helping Minnesotans with low incomes and at risk of poor outcomes. Prior to joining the department, Farago litigated criminal and civil cases in tribal court as the deputy solicitor general for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Farago serves on the Board of Directors for the Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center.
Farago’s efforts to support children and families span across the several positions she’s held and her volunteer work.
“Nikki is a champion for children and families,” said Jim Koppel, Children and Family Services assistant commissioner. “Her commitment and passion will continue to serve the many people who are struggling in our state.”