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The program provides early intervention, outreach, and supportive services to these families who have at least one child under age 10. It is available through all Minnesota counties, and the White Earth and Leech Lake reservations.  

Program is voluntary

One of the key aspects of the program is that families choose to participate. Families are eligible if they:

  • Have two or more risks associated with child abuse and neglect.
  • They are responsible for the care of at least one child aged 10 or younger or are pregnant. 

Risk factors that indicate a family may benefit from the program include but are not limited to:

  • Substance abuse 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Behavioral health concerns for parents and children 
  • Past history of abuse or neglect 
  • Homelessness

Most referrals for the program come from:

  • Screened-out child maltreatment reports 
  • Self-referrals by parent or guardian 
  • Community referrals

About 50 percent of families contacted agree to meet with a Parent Support Outreach Program worker and accept services. The worker conducts a comprehensive assessment of a family’s needs and strengths, and together with the family makes decisions about what services or community resources are needed. Family Group Decision Making is also available to many of these families to help them develop or deepen supportive relationships with extended family members and other informal supports. Often, referrals are made to community supports such as food shelves, free or low-cost clothing programs, free health clinics, and child development screening services.

Services are provided based on available state and local funding.

If you are interested with this service, please fill out the PSOP Referral Form.