Adult Protection Services
To make a report, call: 651-266-4500
After regular hours, call: 651-291-6795
Ramsey County Child Protection screens suspected reports of neglect, mental injury and physical or sexual abuse of children. We also provide child protection assessments and other services.
If someone is in immediate danger call 9 1 1.
Child Protection Initial Screening for Maltreatment
Ramsey County has specific screening criteria, which follow Minnesota Statutes 626.556, "Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors." The criteria promote consistency for screening and assessment of child abuse and neglect reports. They also provide the community with information regarding the assessment and screening process of child abuse and neglect reports in Ramsey County.
Screening Criteria (pdf) Maltreatment Reporting Form (pdf)
Child Protection Assessments for Specific Populations
Juvenile Perpetrators of Sexual Offenses - Non-Familial
- Callers will be encouraged to contact the parents of the perpetrator and the police.
- If the police have not been notified of an act that if committed by an adult, would constitute a criminal offense, Child Protection will notify them.
- If there is reason to believe the perpetrator is a victim of sexual abuse (or has been within the last 3 years) an abuse assessment will be conducted.
Following the report that a minor has given birth to a child, the minor mother will be contacted and an assessment made of the plans for herself and her child. Reports of a minor mom under age 16 married and/or not living in parental home will be assessed as neglect by CPS.
Children's Mental Health
This program is designed to assist children with severe emotional disabilities and their families to plan, access, and coordinate needed mental health services. Criteria are as follows:
- Current diagnostic assessment completed by a mental health professional within 90 days of the referral. This assessment must include a DSM-IV mental health diagnosis and a current CGAS rating at 40 or below which is supported by documentation of specific behaviors. We do not accept a GAF rating.
- Documentation of previous treatment efforts in the community should be included as well as a statement that the child's problems have been at this level for one year, or, if no intervention is provided that these problems are likely to continue at this level for one year.
- If outpatient therapy and/or medication are the only interventions needed, then the child is not eligible for case management services.
Children with Developmental Disabilities
A child with a developmental disability (IQ of 70 or below) or related condition will be assessed for services. A child has a "related condition" if they have a severe, chronic disability that is:
- Attributable to cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or any other condition other than mental illness found to be closely related to developmental disabilities, because the condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of persons with developmental disabilities and requires similar treatment or services.
- Is likely to continue indefinitely.
- Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activities: Self-care, understanding and use of language, learning, mobility, self-direction or capacity for independent living.
- A person with a physical disability, which meets the functional limitation above.
Additional Ramsey County Child Protection Services