Children and families
Stable families are a cornerstone of a strong Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Human Services helps keep children safe and provides families with supports to care for their children. This includes child protection services, out-of-home care, permanent homes for children, child support, food assistance programs, child care services and children's mental health services.

Economic Assistance DHS offers economic supports for eligible families as they work, look for work or attend school.

Health Care Keeping Minnesota’s families and children healthy is critical to our state’s success.

Services DHS provides services to help children and families pursue the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

Applying for Medical Assistance and MN Care FAQs about the application process for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.

Families in Transition

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, homelessness is defined as the lack of a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; this includes individuals who:

temporarily live in a hotel, motel, trailer park or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station;
live in other public or private spaces not designed to accommodate regular sleeping for humans;
live in an emergency shelter or transitional housing;
temporarily share housing with another household due to loss of housing or economic hardship;

Resources for Families Who May be Homeless or Housing Insecure