Child Welfare Programs


Our social workers engage families in partnership to enhance child and family safety, mental health, and well-beingWe are engaged in several collaborative efforts with Olmsted County Children and Family Services to offer families support to address their individualized needs. These programs include:

Baby Steps

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

Ongoing support and information regarding healthy pregnancy, child development, housing, budgeting and finances, health care, child care, education and employment goals, parenting, and decision making is provided.

Youth Behavioral Health

Social workers partner with families faced with the challenges of raising a child and youth with severe mental health concerns. 

Social worker advocates to assist in the coordination of community based services designed to help the youth and their families gain access to needed resources. 

Educational Advocates 

Social workers partner with families and schools when children and youth are experiencing school attendance concerns. The program seeks to identify barriers and help create solutions to increase educational engagement with students between the ages of 12-17 years old.

Family Involvement Strategies (FIS)

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, Fillmore, Houston, Wabasha, and Goodhue Counties.

Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)

A specialized team of social workers who partner with families to enhance the safety and well-being of children who may be negatively impacted as a result of being within sight or sound of domestic violence.

Assistance is provided in developing safety plans, assessing for needs and connecting families to community resources.


Social workers partner with families in the development of a plan to assist them in achieving identified goals to provide healthy, nurturing, stable homes for their children.

Comprehensive support provided through home visits and collaboration with community service providers specific to child development, parenting, housing, budgeting, accessing federal economic programs, community resources and workforce development resources.

PACE (Parents and Children Excel)

From its inception, PACE was designed to address disparities and disproportionality that manifests in the form of negative educational outcomes for children of color.

Social workers partner with families to help foster a positive working relationship between the family and school, as well as to support and empower families to provide stability, safety, and well-being for their children, through targeted case management services and mentorship programming.

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