Child & Family Services

Child Protection

Nicollet County Children’s Services works within state and federal guidelines and mandates to protect the children of Nicollet County from abuse and neglect. Children’s Services staff provides services to families who are having a difficult time parenting their children. These services include assessment of the current situation and case management, if necessary. Social Services staff will coordinate necessary programs and services relevant to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children.

Children’s Mental Health

This is a voluntary service provided by the county to children 0 to 21 years of age who have an emotional disturbance and who meet certain qualifications for services. County intake can assist you and your child to:

  • Determine if any mental health problems exist
  • Help you find a qualified mental health professional to assess your child
  • Work with your mental health professional to gather the necessary paperwork for qualification


Services are designed to improve your child’s well-being, behavior, and functioning within the family, school and community. There are a variety of community services available. These services may include in-home supports that will help you with your child’s behaviors, individual and/or family counseling and parenting education. Other services may be recommended depending on your child’s specific needs.

Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services are offered in the areas of service that include:

  • Help with parenting issues/techniques
  • Minor parents
  • Parent support outreach service

School Social Workers

Nicollet County Social Services contributes towards the funding of social work positions in Nicollet and St.Peter school districts. These positions support and nurture the children and families in each of the school districts. These school social workers have a close working relationship with the children and family unit / social services which contributes to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in Nicollet County.