Child Protection

By legal mandate, Child Protection has a specialized role in working with children and their families. The goal is to protect children and strengthen and preserve families when possible.

Some of the responsibilities are to:
  • Coordinate SELF Program designed to assist targeted youth develop independent living skills
  • Evaluate the risk of further injury to the child
  • Provide Alternative Response Family Assessment Services
  • Provide case management service to reduce risk of further abuse and/or neglect to children
  • Provide In-service Orientations to schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, and the community on child maltreatment, mandatory reporting laws, and Clay County Social Services response
  • Provide traditional Child Maltreatment Assessment Services
  • Provide truancy/educational neglect services in coordination with school efforts for ages Kindergarten to 18
  • Screen all reports of alleged sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect

View the Clay County Minnesota Child and Family Service Review Performance Improvement Plan for more information.

Reporting Child Abuse / Neglect
Anyone suspecting child abuse and/or neglect should call Clay County Social Services at 218-299-5200 or Clay County Law Enforcement Dispatch at 218-299-5120.

You can also complete the Clay County Child Abuse-Neglect Report. Please complete, print out and mail, fax, or drop off the completed report (address, phone, and fax is included in the report form). Do not email the report.