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
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.