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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 and kinship

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

Child care

DHS helps families find high quality child care and early education, and links parents to research and resources about child care.

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.

Deaf and hard of hearing

DHS serves people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deafblind as well as their families, providers, employers and businesses.

Direct care and treatment

DHS operates a highly specialized health care system for people with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, 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.

Refugee programs

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

Social Security Advocacy

Social Security advocates can help people with disabilities apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI).

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