Human Services

To Report Child Abuse or Neglect If you want to make an immediate oral report of physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation of a child on Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, call 320-634-7755 and ask for the intake worker. You may also send an email to If making a report by email, please include your contact information so you can be reached for clarifying questions or to obtain needed information that may not be included in the email. After 4:30 PM on weekdays and on weekends, please call 320-634-7814 to make a report.

To Report Adult Abuse or to make a vulnerable adult report, call 1-844-880-1574. Mandated reporters can contact the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) or call 1-844-880-1574. If the vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.


Get Help During COVID-19:
This is MDH’s page compiling guidance for Minnesota citizens experiencing COVID-19 impacts.
Numerous Minnesotans are unemployed or need assistance with food, housing, mental health, and more. This link will provide you a webpage to all areas where help may be needed.

Services and Responsibilities
Human Services works in partnership with public and private agencies to help individuals and families be safe and successful. Pope County Human Services provides a wide array of services to eligible citizens. 

Individuals and families who need assistance in any of the following areas are encouraged to contact the department:

  • Adult Protection
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Child Care Licensing
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Child Support
  • Disabilities 
  • Finanical Assistance
  • Food Support (SNAP)
  • Foster Care Licensing
  • Health Care Transportation
  • Housing Resources
  • Mental Health
  • Senior Programs

The Human Services Department also is responsible for licensing family child care homes as well as foster homes for children and adults.

PCHS has adopted the Minnesota Merit System’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Guidelines.

Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or text to 838255.

  • Disclaimer Note: The information contained in the following material is subject to change without notice. The content has been reviewed, but should in no way be interpreted as creating a legal or otherwise basis for the provision of a specific service to a specific family situation.