Family Services

Lower Sioux Family Services

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Lower Sioux Family Services (LSFS) provides child protective services and ICWA advocacy to tribally enrolled citizens, or those eligible for tribal enrollment in the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

The purpose of Lower Sioux Social Services is to provide support to children and families to make healthy choices and remain together. We offer a wide range of services, including: prevention, voluntary case management, child protection, adult protection, Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) advocacy, children’s mental health, and a food shelf. We assist with cases in both Tribal and State courts.

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Contact Us

Lower Sioux Family Services
39527 Reservation Highway 1
P.O. Box 308
Morton, MN 56270

Phone (507) 697-8680
Fax (507) 697-6198

Services

Tribal Child Welfare Management

LSFS will assume jurisdiction over a county child protection case when child maltreatment occurs within the boundaries of the LSIC, or when the child has had previous LSIC Tribal Court involvement.

Dual Case Management

LSFS provides dual case management to children and families when there is an open child protection case in a county agency within the 10-mile LSIC service area.

ICWA Advocacy

LSFS provides ICWA Advocacy services to children and families who reside off the reservation and outside of the 10-mile LSIC service area.

Foster Care

LSFS offers licensing for foster care, kinship care, and respite care to LSIC enrolled members and family members to children in out­ of-home placement. To be eligible for licensing by LSFS, candidates must live within the LSIC or the 10-mile services area.

Reporting

To report suspected child maltreatment, you may notify LSFS via phone or in person at the Lower Sioux Human Services Administrative Building. For suspected maltreatment requiring immediate attention, please notify LSIC Law Enforcement or your local law enforcement agency.

Target Service Population

Lower Sioux Children and Families List of Services

  • Child Welfare, Outcomes – Approximately 95 clients and their families were served in the last budget year 2007 – 2009.
  • Clients and families are assisted in district court and tribal court, inter-agency staffing, residential placement centers, foster homes and schools. Family case plans are developed and court orders are issued. Case plans are monitored and appended with clients needs, with the intent of family reunification when case plans are met and the home environment is safe again for children. Lower Sioux seeks to develop / advocate / monitor case’s with county agencies.
  • Child Care – Child Care Development Block
  • Grant – 53 clients in 2006
  • Guardianship – Two persons served in 2009
  • Food Shelf – Average of 51 people served monthly.
  • Wellbriety Community Initiative – 50 served in 2006, The Taku Skan Skan Program is a community wide service program, youth enrichment activities with collaboration from Redwood County, Minn. State and Federal Agencies.

Family Services Staff

Adam Coulson P.A.C.C.

Adam Coulson P.A.C.C.

Tribal Social Worker

Ext. 8688

507-430-9405

Lauren Rojas, P.A.C.C.

Lauren Rojas, P.A.C.C.

Tribal Social Worker

Ext. 8684

507-430-7019

Mariah Wabasha

Mariah Wabasha

Tribal Social Worker

Ext. 8682

507-430-0209

Nicole Gable

Nicole Gable

Tribal Social Worker

Ext. 8642

Nicole.gable@lowersioux.com

Shelby Peters

Shelby Peters

Foster Care Licensing Social Worker

Ext. 8699

Questions, Comments or Grievances

LSFS values your feedback. Questions, comments, or concerns may be submitted to Lower Sioux Family Services via mail or secure email to LSIC Human Services. Concerns are addressed by the department, Human Resources, Legal Counsel, or Community Council in order of chain of command.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs does not oversee or receive agency grievances, nor does it have jurisdiction over community child protection affairs.

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Need more information?

We are committed to improving the health and well-being of our community members. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.

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