Hennepin County and our partners can help you to support and care for your family and continue your education.
Hennepin County offers a number of programs to supplement families' and individuals' incomes. The type of assistance people receive depends on their life circumstances, family size and type, and other factors. We can help you find the program that works best for you.
Child support and paternity
Hennepin County works to make sure that children get the support they need.
The county can help to locate parents; establish parentage; and set and enforce court orders for child support, medical support, and child care support.
Child support is the contribution that non-custodial parents make to ensure that their children have adequate care, living expenses, and medical support. All of Minnesota’s 87 counties provide child support services, regardless of families’ socioeconomic status.
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health provide four primary child support services residents and people who have been issued a court order in Hennepin County:
- Establishing paternity, including coordinating genetic testing
- Establishing court orders to pay child support. Cases may be heard in Family Court, before a child support magistrate or district court referee
- Collecting child support and enforcing court orders
- Helping families to modify court orders
We do not provide legal advice or counsel, establish custody or parenting time, enforce spousal maintenance, or oversee the collection of unpaid bills. We also do not provide assistance with a legal separation or divorce.
Educational Support Services
ALC Plus supports county-involved youth (CIY) who have struggled in school or who have had excessive absences from school. ALC Plus integrates educational programming and on-site mental and chemical health services, and coordinates services among county workers, school staff, parents and the students.
LEAP (Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential)
The new Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) initiative aims to increase educational and employment opportunities for youth and young adults, ages 14 to 21 who are in foster care, are involved in the juvenile justice system, are teen parents, and/or are homeless/highly mobile. The Minneapolis LEAP grant pairs the JAG program with the ALC Plus program to ensure a layered level of support for eligible students.
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)
JAG is a national program dedicated to preventing student dropout and focusing on pathways to career, life, and college readiness among young people who face significant barriers to academic and career success. When appropriate for a young person’s career goals, students are encouraged to enroll in the Destination: Diploma to Degree (D3) at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC.) D3 is an early/middle college program open to only students at eligible alternative schools. D3 is a structured PSEO program that allows students to take developmental education classes and college-level classes while still in high school, thus accelerating their path to a high school diploma and a college degree.
Pathways (MVNA re-engagement centers) – With Pat Avery
MVNA Pathways partners with LEAP and ALC Plus to provide re-engagement to school for out of school youth who are pregnant/parenting teens and for youth involved in juvenile justice. They provide outreach, academic/career assessments, onsite GED prep, career and sector training, paid internships, and case management to students enrolled in the program.
Child and Teen Checkups can help you find a clinic for your child or for you if you are younger than 20, and arrange transportation to individualized appointments.
No Wrong Door
The No Wrong Door initiative aims to remove shame and blame from the way Hennepin County interacts with youth who have been, or are at risk of being sexually exploited. A broad philosophy of treating this group of young people as victims and survivors of sexual abuse rather than offenders influences practices across county lines of business, including public health, hospitals and clinics, children’s mental health, homelessness and housing, child welfare and child protection, law enforcement and juvenile corrections, prosecution and the public defender.
Red Door Clinic
The Red Door Clinic offers sexual health services for all people. Get confidential tests and treatment in a safe, caring setting.
Birth control for women
- Red Door offers pills, patch, ring, IUD, and Depo shot, for women up to age 30.
Condoms and lube
- Pick them up at the clinic, free of charge.
- Red Door has non-latex condoms and female condoms.
Sexual health education
- You can talk with our sexual health educator, at no cost to you, about all topics related to healthy sexuality including birth control, safer sex, and healthy sexual relationships.
- Call the clinic at 612-543-5555.
- Red Door offers needles and works at no cost to you so you can use fresh supplies every time.
- You can drop off used needles and get new needles and works (cookers, cottons, ties, and alcohol preps)
- Monday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday 1 to 4 p.m.
Stop an overdose with Narcan
- Narcan (Naloxone) is a medication used to stop heroin or other opiate (e.g., percocet, OxyContin) overdose.
- Anyone can get Narcan without a prescription at Red Door for themselves, friends, or family members.
- Ask the receptionist or any Red Door staff for Narcan. We’ll ask you a few questions, but will not report names or addresses to anyone.
NorthPoint Health & Wellness
To The Point is a family planning and sexual health program located within the NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. Our program can provide no-cost pregnancy and STI testing, birth control and pregnancy options, education and counseling, rapid no-cost HIV testing, no-cost safer sex supplies including condoms and lubricant, insurance coverage for your family planning or sexual health needs, information and scheduling for vasectomy or tubal ligation procedures, and no-cost emergency contraception for anyone ages 15 and up. Free condoms and safer sex supplies are available in the Family Planning office on the lower level of NorthPoint during normal business hours. Family Planning and sexual health staff are available M-F, 8:30-4:30. You can call us anytime at 612-543-6737.
Myself My Health
The Myself My Health website lists teen and young adult friendly clinics in the Twin Cities metro area that provide sexual and reproductive health care. There are also trusted online resources for sexual health information.
School based mental health
The Hennepin County-wide School Mental Health Initiative is a partnership between 15 mental health agencies, 17 school districts, 152 schools, nine PICA Headstarts, and Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health. The initiative also receives support from health insurance companies, local foundations, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Attendees of the school-based mental health breakout session will learn the history and current status of the School Mental Health Initiative. They’ll also learn how the program works and what it offers students, families, and school staff. Panelists will discuss how school, mental health, and county staff collaborate to support the growth and success of students and families in Hennepin County schools.
If you are a young parent, it is essential that you continue your education. Hennepin County can help ensure that your child is in good hands while you are in class, with child care assistance. Hennepin County and our partners can help you to support and care for your family and continue your education.