Family Services

Freeborn County provides the following services for the safety and well-being of families and children. Services are offered in the areas of family support, protection services, nurturing & parenting support for families and teen parents, child care and foster care licensing, foster and substitute care for children, protection services, and some subsidized services.

Child Protection / Child Welfare Case Management/Assessments

Freeborn County has the responsibility and authority to assure that children alleged to be abused or neglected are protected from harm or danger and that children in need of protection or services receive the appropriate services. This is a major responsibility and is taken very seriously by this department. Safety and well-being is provided by identifying strengths and needs of families, working together to develop goals, and coordination of resources to support the needs of the child(ren) and caretakers.

Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)

PSOP is a voluntary program offering short term services for parents to access when they need:

  • support with tasks such as connecting to community resources and information
  • assistance in planning how to meet daily obligations
  • parent education and child development
  • decision making and case planning

Many reports of possible child maltreatment are received but are "screened out" from further action because the reported incident does not reach the legal standard of abuse or neglect. In many of these cases however, there are factors that put children at potential risk. To help those families and possibly avert future incidents of child maltreatment, the Minnesota Department of Human Services implemented the Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP). PSOP provides early intervention, outreach, and supportive services to families with at least one child under the age of 10 who are "screened out" from the child protection system and are otherwise at risk.


One of the key aspects of PSOP is that participation by families is entirely voluntary. PSOP workers are skilled in family engagement and collaboration techniques.

Nearly 50% of families contacted agree to meet with a PSOP worker and accept services. In these meetings, the PSOP worker conducts a comprehensive assessment of family needs and strengths and together with the family, makes decisions about what services or community-based resources can be accessed to support the family.

Family Group Decision Making is also available to many of these families to assist them in developing or deepening supportive relationships with extended family members and other informal supports. Referrals are frequently made to community-based supports such as food shelves, clothing closets, free health clinics, and child development screening services. 

Minor Parent Assessments
Minor parent services were established to assist young mothers in making a plan for themselves and their baby and to make sure needed services are accessed.
MN State Statute 257.33 dictates:
"Every birth to a minor shall be reported by the hospital where the birth occurs within three working days after the birth. The hospital shall make the report to the social services agency in the county in which the minor mother resides and shall notify the minor that the report has been made. The county social services agency shall contact any minor who does not have a case manager who resides in the county and determine whether she has a plan for herself and her child."


  • Teens who are under the age of 18 and in their third trimester of pregnancy.
  • Teens who are under the age of 18 and already parenting.
  • Teen mothers who have been identified on the 72-hour birth report (per MN Statute).


  • Outreach assistance to pregnant or parenting teens for service/resource referrals. Examples of these include:  counseling, financial and medical assistance, housing & child care options, paternity, and child support services.
  • Assistance for the pregnant or parenting teen in establishing a plan for herself and her child. 




  1. Freeborn County  411 Broadway S., Albert Lea, MN 56007            Phone: 507-377-5299 

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