Report of Maltreatment Emergencies
To report suspected maltreatment or abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult in an emergency, dial the police at 9-1-1.
Child Protection Reports
You can report suspected child maltreatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A child protection social worker will assist you even if you are not sure whether or not to make a report.
If you are a mandated reporter, you should call to make a report with 24 hours and personally file a written report within 72 hours of the verbal report (excluding weekends and holidays).
To make a child protection report by phone, call child protection services at 507-375-3294 or 888-299-5941, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ask to speak with the Social Services Intake worker. For evenings, weekends, and holidays call 507-375-3121 and state that you need to make a child protection report.
Adult Protection/Vulnerable Adult Reports
To make an adult maltreatment/vulnerable adult report, call the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) at 844-880-1574 (24 hours/day).
Adult protection is a federally mandated service in which social workers investigate allegations of maltreatment and arrange services to help assure the safety of Vulnerable Adults in Watonwan County.
The following definitions and prioritization quidelines are used to determine the agency's response to reports of alleged maltreatment.
Mandated reporters such as persons in medical occupations, social services, education, law enforcement and caregivers for Vulnerable Adults are required to report known or suspected maltreatment. All other persons are voluntary reporters. The Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act provides immunity from civil and criminal liability when a report is submitted in good faith. The identity of the reporter is always kept confidential.
Be prepared to report the following:
Joan StordalenSocial Services Supervisor - Children'sPhone: 507-375-7841
Katy GoldschmidtSocial Services SupervisorPhone: 507-375-7849
715 Second Avenue S
St. James, MN 56081
715 Second Avenue S St. James MN 56081
P.O. Box 31
St. James, MN 56081
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.