Child Welfare Programs (in collaboration with Olmsted County Child and Family Services):

Baby Steps

Social workers partner with first-time parents of newborns to address parenting risk factors, focus on child-rearing skills and provide support.

Steps to Success

Social workers partner with parents of newborns and older children, to address parenting risk factors, focus on child-rearing skills and provide support.

Domestic Violence Response Team

Social workers partner with families where domestic violence has occurred while children were within sight or sound. Assistance is provided in developing safety plans, assessing needs and connect the families to community resources.

Educational Advocates

Social workers partner with families when children/youth are experiencing school attendance issues. The program seeks to identify barriers and help create solutions to increase educational engagement.

Family Involvement Strategies

A unique family engagement process that builds on family strengths to develop care and safety plans. Trained staff coordinate and facilitate meetings where families develop plans to address child welfare, child maltreatment, juvenile corrections and children’s mental health concerns. Services are provided in MN Prairie County Alliance, Olmsted, Rice, Freeborn and Goodhue Counties.

GPS (Guiding Partners to Solutions)

Social workers partner with families and individuals in need of assistance to navigate systems and gain access to a broad range of Olmsted County programs and/or other community resources.

HOPE (Hope Opportunity Pride and Empowerment)

Social workers partner with families of color to build safety and well-being for their children through advocacy, support and education.

PACE (Parents and Children Excel)

Social workers partner with families of color and other systems to divert children from entering more intrusive systems such as child protection and juvenile justice. This program also offers services as an effort to ensure that children of color have the ongoing support they need to have a successful educational experience by addressing truancy, peer conflicts and academics.

Youth Behavioral Health Resource Center

Social workers partner with families faced with the challenges of raising a child with severe mental health concerns. Families are offered services such as: respite care, case planning, hospital discharge planning, educational advocacy and family support.