Child Protection

Wright 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.

Services are initiated when a child protection report is made by either a mandatory or voluntary reporter. Reports are initially screened to see if there is an allegation of abuse or neglect that meets criteria as defined by MN Statute 626.556.

Reporting Abuse or Neglect
If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police department.

Anybody can make a voluntary report of suspected child abuse or neglect if that person has reason to believe that a child has been mistreated. Others are mandated to report by statute. The requirements for reporting are outlined in MN Statute 626.556.

If you are unsure if you should make a report, call the intake line at 763-682-7449. Child protection staff are available and can help you decide if a report should be made based on the information you provide. The identity of the reporter is always kept confidential.

Mandatory Reporting
A mandated reporter must call immediately, but no later than 24 hours after they suspect that maltreatment has occurred. The mandated reporter must follow up with a written report within 72 hours. A report can be made to your local county social services agency or to law enforcement.

If making a report during normal business hours, please call 763-682-7449, or you may complete the
Mandated Reporting Form or Mandated Reporting Form (fillable) in its entirety and email or fax to 763-682-7701.

If you need to make a report after hours, please call 763-682-7400 to be routed to the Wright County Sheriff's Department dispatch who will get you in touch with the after hours social worker.