The child protection system responds to situations where children are alleged to be maltreated, and it helps support families to safely care for their children. Suspected child abuse or neglect should be reported to the Child and Family Department by calling Intake at (952) 361-1600. If it is an emergency, call law enforcement at 911.
Making a Child Protection Report in Carver County
- An oral report should be made immediately to the Health and Human Services Child and Family Department or to local law enforcement whenever there are concerns that a child may be abused or neglected.
- An Intake worker will record the alleged maltreatment information provided by the reporter and will ask questions to gather additional available information.
- The reporter is immune from civil and criminal liability if they are acting in good faith.
- Any person who makes a malicious or reckless report shall be liable in a civil suit for any actual damages suffered by the person and for any punitive damages set by the court or jury, plus costs and reasonable attorney fees.
- Reports can be made voluntarily by anyone and by certain people designated in statute as mandated reporters. A mandated reporter who fails to make a report may be guilty of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or a felony depending on the severity of the abuse.
- All mandated reporters will be asked to send a written report to the Health and Human Services Division within 72 hours of their verbal report, exclusive of weekends and holidays. This report should include as much information as possible.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) site for information on what constitutes neglect, physical abuse, mental injury, or sexual abuse and to access Child Maltreatment Screening Guidelines. Minnesota Statute 626.556 Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act provides detailed definitions of child maltreatment, and it provides the basis for the County's Multidisciplinary Child Protection Team.