Programs and services
Concerns about child abuse or neglect
Minnesota's child protection system responds to situations where children are alleged to be maltreated and helps support families to safely care for their children. The Department of Human Services works with Minnesota's 87 counties, 11 federally recognized tribes and community-based providers to support interventions that strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
Providing resources to families for basic needs, such as housing or child care, significantly improve the safety of children in their homes and communities.
In Minnesota, approximately 25,000 children are reported for abuse and neglect to the child protection system each year, which counties and tribes assess. The department's fact sheet on Child Safety and Permanency DHS-4735 (PDF) provides current statistical information.