Dakota County Community Services Division

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.


Every child needs financial support and has the right to this support from both parents. Even when parents do not live together, they need to work together to support their child. Child support is money parents pay to their child's other parent or caregiver for the support of the child. The court orders the support which generally includes financial, medical, and child care support.

Child support services include:

  • Locating parents
  • Establishing parentage
  • Establishing court orders for basic, medical, and child care support
  • Enforcing support orders
  • Reviewing and asking the court to modify support orders when appropriate
  • Working with other states to enforce support orders
  • Processing payments

Additional resources:


  • Specialization
    • Family


Child support services are available to:

  • Parents of minor children if one parent does not live with the child
  • Parents who pay court-ordered child support
  • People who have court-ordered, physical custody of a minor child
  • People who receive public assistance for a minor child who lives in their home

Application Instructions

Call the county child support agency to get a paper application for child support services or use the online application

You do not need to apply for services if the other parent lives away from your home and you or your child receive public assistance including: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Medical Assistance (MA), Diversionary Work Program (DWP), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Title IV-E Foster Care, or Child Care Assistance. The county financial worker will automatically refer the case for full child support services.


Applying for county child support services is free. However, there may be fees taken out of payments collected through the state, as required by law. More information is available online.


14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN, 55124

Area Served

Dakota County

Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 651-554-5909
  • Main: 952-891-7500

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday


Other Services at this Location

  • Adult Mental Health Crisis Response Services Immediate help for people having urgent problems with depression, panic, anxiety, delusions, or other mood or behavior disorders
  • Child and Teen Checkups 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.
  • Children's Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS) Professional help 24/7 for children or youth experiencing a mental health crisis to help the child be safe, stay in their home, and get connected to support
  • County Programs for Families Apply for county programs that provide financial assistance and supportive resources to families
  • Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) A voluntary, early intervention service that focuses on helping expecting and parenting at-risk families thrive.
  • 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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