Child Welfare Case Management
Areas of service include the following:
Help with Parenting Issues/Techniques
Case management can help parents to connect to support groups and services, provide consultation, and develop plans to meet goals for the parents and children.
Le Sueur County offers child welfare case management services on a voluntary basis. These services are designed to work with families in a variety of areas from parenting and development to housing, transportation and general household management. Child welfare case management often includes referrals to other community services and is intended as a short-term intervention that will have long-term positive results. Child Welfare services are available to parents and children in Le Sueur County to improve relationships between family members and to ensure the safety and well-being of children within families. Services are provided to minor parents, families of children who are truant from school and/or running away from home, families experiencing severe parent/child conflict and families in need of assistance as a result of their own or other child's special needs.
Call Le Sueur County to make a referral for child welfare case management services at 507-357-8288.
Le Sueur County offers services to the following groups of mothers and pregnant women:
- Minors who are pregnant or already have a child;
- Mothers who did not have prenatal care;
- Mothers who request assistance in establishing paternity for their children;
- Women who request assistance in deciding whether they want to parent their child;
- Mothers who are referred to the local agency because they have physical, mental, or emotional problems which effect the care they are able to provide for their children.
Services provided may include (but are not limited to):
- arranging for medical care;
- assisting in obtaining living arrangements;
- arranging for a support group;
- arranging for in-home services;
- counseling regarding plans for the child;
- coordinating services of different programs and agencies
- assessing the mother's abilities and desires to raise the child;
- assisting in separating the desires and pressures of friends, parents and others from personal desires regarding the child;
- assisting the mother in dealing with confusion or uncertainty regarding her decision on whether or not to parent the child;
- helping the mother who chooses to place the child for adoption to cope with feelings of loss, and other feelings experienced in the placement;
- assisting the mother with the procedural steps of adoptive placement.
Love and Logic Parenting Classes: Offered by Le Sueur County workers for clients with open Child Welfare, Children's Mental Health, or Child Protection case management.
"Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences. "
What is Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)?
FGDM is a planning or decision making process that includes a meeting for family members and the support people who care about the child to make decisions and plans for their family.
FGDM provides a safe and supportive place for families and support people to share their best ideas.
FGDM relies on the family to figure out how to meet the needs of the family.
FGDM may be used anytime a family needs to make a decision or plan about the well-being of their children.
Who is eligible for FGDM?
FGDM is available at no cost to anyone who is referred by a Le Sueur County Child Welfare worker.