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Project CHILD

Supporting substance-free pregnancies and healthier families

If you are pregnant and living with substance use, Project CHILD can help.

You set your own goals for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. We connect you to the services that can support you now and in long-term recovery.

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Project CHILD is for pregnant people ages 16 and older. The program can also support those already in active recovery to reduce the risk of relapse during pregnancy.

We support safe, sober pregnancies for healthy parents and their babies, keeping families together.

There are no specific requirements to complete the program. Each participant decides what supports and services they want to receive.

Project CHILD offers:

  • Substance use assessments, treatment services, case management and counseling for up to six months after delivery
  • Prenatal care referrals; health assessments and individualized care planning with a nurse
  • Help with basic needs, including transportation
  • Peer recovery support specialist services – people with lived experience in substance use and recovery
  • Prenatal and postnatal support groups – learn about parenting and your baby’s development while building community with other parents. We offer support for all caregivers.

Project CHILD is located on the 1st floor north wing at 1800 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis.
Map: 1800 Chicago Avenue building

For pregnant people – to refer yourself

Recovery can feel out of reach, but we are here to help you find your own success. Starting your journey today can help your baby have the best start in life.

To learn more about Project CHILD or to enroll, call 612-879-3609 or email

For service providers – to refer a client or make a report

Certain providers must report substance use by a pregnant person. These include professionals in health care, social services, education and child care.

We accept reports/referrals for voluntary services by phone at 612-879-3609, or by fax at 612-321-3771.

To make a report involving a pregnant person younger than 16, call 612-348-3552.

Project CHILD (Community Health, Intervention, Linkage and Development) has been helping Hennepin County residents make a healthier start with their babies since 1990.

Over the decades, most participants give birth to healthy, substance-free babies. Participants and babies stay together after birth, preventing deeper-end systems involvement.

In the last five years, over 93% of participants who completed the program had a drug-free baby at birth and were able to take baby home at discharge.

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