Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families at risk of child maltreatment as identified by screened out child maltreatment reports, community referrals, or self-referral; families that are referred by the community or through self-referrals must have at least two risk factors including, but not limited to, poverty, past maltreatment history, domestic violence, chemical dependency, and emotional or behavioral health problems

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 10

Brief Description

PSOP is a voluntary early intervention family support program serving families with young children (under age 10) who are at risk of child maltreatment. Referrals are identified through screened out child maltreatment reports or through community or self-referral based on risk exposure. Services are largely consumer driven with a significant focus on addressing the provision of basic needs. Families are asked to participate in a strengths and needs assessment that is used to help the family and agency determine an appropriate service plan. Services are delivered through county-based child welfare programs or through a contract for service with a community-based provider.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Parent Support Outreach Program are:

  • Reduced risk of child maltreatment by addressing unmet family needs and employing family strengths
  • Improved overall family well-being as measured by the strengths and needs assessment

Contact Information

David Thompson
Agency/Affiliation: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Phone: (651) 431-4701

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2011

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2011