Children and Families Services

"All I need is a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them". -Magic Johnson

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Scott County offers many services that help families live to their full potential.  
  1. Adoption/Guardianship

    Scott County provides adoption services for families, or individuals, wanting to adopt children who are currently in the foster care system. The goal of the Adoption/Guardianship Unit is to ensure that all Scott County children whose parents’ rights were terminated are placed in a permanent adoptive home in a timely manner.

  2. Child Care Assistance

    Child Care Assistance Program can help with child care costs for all children age 12 and younger, and for children ages 13 and 14 who have special needs.

  3. Child Care Licensing

    The Scott County Child Care Licensing Unit is here to serve as your resource for learning how to locate licensed child care providers or how to become a licensed child care provider.

  4. Child Protection

    Scott County Social Services is the public child welfare agency responsible for responding to community concerns about child safety, child well-being and family stability.

  5. Child Support

    Child Support services are offered through Minnesota counties. Either parent, with or without custody of their children, may receive these services.

  6. Children's Health

    Scott County Public Health offers several programs for citizens and has access to different community resources that can help support and enrich families.

  7. Children's Mental Health Case Management

    Scott County Children's Mental Health provides case management services for children diagnosed with serious emotional disturbances. Case management is a service that helps children/families get connected with supports/services to meet their mental health needs.

  8. Developmental Disabilities

    Developmental Disabilities unit provides services to eligible children and adults with disabilities. Our mission is to assist persons with disabilities to find the unique and individualized supports needed to live self-determined lives within their chosen communities.

  9. Foster Care

    Children are placed in foster care when families are having problems and children cannot safely stay in the home.

  10. Pregnancy and Parenting

    Pregnancy and parenting programs include Follow Along Screening, Minor Parent assistance and Public Health home visiting

  11. Truancy

    The Scott County Truancy Diversion Program is a youth centered community collaborative approach that involves Social Services, Community Corrections, County Attorney’s Office, Scott County Mental Health Center and Scott County Schools.