Community Services

For the health and safety of staff and those we serve, appointments with Community Services staff will continue to be over telephone or video conference whenever possible. Although the department lobbies in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake and Stillwater are open, there is limited capacity. When required, in-person meetings are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call your worker or call 651-430-6455.

Community Services lobbies in both Cottage Grove and Forest Lake will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily.

The Woodbury location is closed until further notice for building modifications.

If you need to submit paperwork, submit it via email to, online HERE, fax 651-430-6605, or mailing to P.O. Box 30, Stillwater, MN 55082.

Paperwork may be submitted in-person at document dropboxes outside service locations or in the Stillwater, Cottage Grove, and Forest Lake lobbies; however, other services at those locations are limited.

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Mission Statement 

Individuals and families will be safe, independent, and able to meet their basic needs.

Community Services works in partnership with public and private agencies to help individuals and families be safe and successful. The department provides a wide array of services to eligible citizens. 

Individuals and families who need assistance in any of the following areas are encouraged to contact the department:

  • Adoption
  • Aging
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Child care
  • Child support
  • Chemical dependency
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Elderly abuse or neglect
  • Employment assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Licensing of child care homes
  • Licensing of foster care homes
  • Medical assistance
  • Mental health
  • Veterans Services



  • Children and adults who are vulnerable, disabled, mentally ill, or chemically dependent will be safe and healthy.
  • Veterans, job seekers, and other eligible persons will receive the support needed to remain or become self-sufficient.
  • Timely, respectful, and cost-efficient services will be delivered to all customers.
  • Culturally responsive environments will be fostered to promote diversity and inclusion for all people.
Disclaimer Note: The information contained in the following material is subject to change without notice. The content has been reviewed, but should in no way be interpreted as creating a legal or otherwise basis for the provision of a specific service to a specific family situation.