Carlton County Public Health and Human Services

Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)

A voluntary, supportive service that focuses on helping expecting and parenting families thrive.


The goals of this program are to:

  • Enhance the well-being of children and families
  • Support families so they can meet the needs of their children by themselves and through their support system
  • Support the safety and stability of children and families

Comprehensive assessments are completed with families, identifying strengths and needs, and families are connected to needed support and resources. Short-term help may be available to families with concerns regarding:

  • Basic needs (food, clothing, housing)
  • Family health concerns (medical care, mental and chemical health services)
  • Parenting
  • Transportation
  • Child care
  • Financial needs (budgeting and financial assistance)


  • Area Served by County
    • Carlton County


To be eligible, families must:

  • Have at least one child age 10 or younger, or be expecting a child
  • Be exposed to at least two or more stress factors including, but not limited to:
    • School/education concerns
    • Mental health concerns (parent or child)
    • Parenting challenges
    • Child behavior concerns
    • Limited support system
    • Disability (parent or child)
    • Low income/poverty
    • Homelessness/housing concerns
    • Chemical use concerns (parent or child)
    • Domestic violence concerns
    • Parent/caregiver separation
    • Prior child protection history
    • Human/sex trafficking concerns
    • Legal issues
    • Medical concerns (parent or child)
    • Trauma exposure
    • Grief/loss
  • Not currently be involved with child protection services

Application Instructions

Families can refer themselves or be referred by community or social service agencies.

Contact your county or tribal human services department to make or inquire about a referral. Referral forms can be found online and should be sent directly to your county human services agency. General questions can be emailed to: Further information can be found online.


There is no fee to participate


14 N 11th St, Cloquet, MN, 55720

Area Served

Carlton County

Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 218-879-4511
  • Toll Free: 888-818-4511


Other Services at this Location

  • Apply for Waiver Programs Accepts applications for Medical Assistance/Medicaid waiver programs
  • Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Coordinators connect individuals to well-child care and screenings for eligible newborns, children and young adults
  • Child Foster Care (CFC) Licensing The local county office that oversees licenses for child foster care. Foster care is a temporary safe family home for children who have been placed by a court order or a voluntary placement agreement.
  • Child Support Services (CSS) The Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Support Division and county child support agencies work with both parents to establish and enforce child support court orders.
  • County Programs for Families Apply for county programs that provide financial assistance and supportive resources to families
  • County Programs for Food Support Apply for county programs that help pay for food
  • County Programs for Income Assistance Apply for county programs that help pay for basic needs
  • County Programs for People with Disabilities Apply for county programs that serve people with disabilities
  • Family Home Visiting Expectant parents and parents or caregivers of young children can receive in-home support including education on pregnancy topics, parenting skills and connections to community resources.
  • Follow Along Program Program that helps to make sure children are learning and growing appropriately for their age
  • Public Health Clinic Public health departments offer screenings, health education and wellness services
  • WIC - Supplemental Nutrition Program A nutrition and breastfeeding program that helps young families eat well and be healthy. Learn about nutrition during pregnancy and feeding your baby and young children; meet breastfeeding goals; and buy healthy food using your WIC card.

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