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Boarding Schools and Programs for Troubled Teens


The Bridge for Runaway Youth

612-377-8800  24 Hour

Emergency shelter for youth (ages 10-17), transitional living program for homeless youth (ages 16-20), family-centered counseling, 24-hour walk-in counseling for youth and parents (no appointment necessary).


Camp Buckskin



Overnight summer camp program for boys and girls, ages 6-18, who have a primary diagnosis of ADHD/ADD and/or Learning Disabilities, or an additional or related diagnosis.


Camp Discovery/ Courage North


Residential camp located in Lake George, Minnesota for children and young adults with high-functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome.


Camp Heartland


Summer camp, seasonal reunions, and Life Enhancement Programs for children impacted by HIV/AIDS.


Camp Knutson


Camp program for emotionally disturbed adolescents, mentally handicapped and emotionally disturbed children, hearing impaired adults, families with mentally handicapped members, families that are culturally disadvantaged and adults who are mentally ill or chemically dependent.


CedarBrook Family Center


Counseling and psychotherapy for children and families, continuing education for teachers and other professionals who work with children, parenting and relationship seminars for couples, retreat and growth opportunities for all ages.


Chrysalis, A Center for Women


Mental health clinic in Minneapolis providing legal assistance, education and family support.


Family Attachment and Counseling Center of Minnesota


Specializes in working with attachment disorder and serving the needs of adoptive and foster families.


Job Corps


The nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16-24.


Kinship of Greater Minneapolis


763-862-6755 Coon Rapids

Christian-based mentoring program that matches children, aged 5-15, in need of additional support to realize their God-given potential through adult friendships.  Listing of all Kinship programs.


Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota


Largest, statewide non-profit social service agency in Minnesota with services and programs for children, youth, and families.


Minnesota Help Info

Use this directory to locate community resources.


Minnesota Resources for Fathers


Minnesota YouthBuild Program



Provides high-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with an opportunity to help communities increase the supply of low and moderate income housing while providing pre-apprenticeship training and supportive services.


Mounds View Arona Recovery Campus


Public school designed for students in need of 9th through 12th grade credits and/or graduation standards, who are actively engaged in working on chemical health issues and maintaining sobriety.


Outdoor Programs and Summer Camps


Programs for Youth, 18 and Older


Resource Center for Fathers and Families


Six offices in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area offer parenting classes, support groups, anger management classes, family law seminars, and relationship workshops.


Sexual Violence Center

952-448-5425  Chaska

612-871-5111 Minneapolis

Community outreach, education, and advocacy to promote a violence-free society where sexual assault is not tolerated.  Free and confidential services are available to women and men of all ages.


Teens Alone


Outreach and services for youth and families in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.







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Binge Drinking Highest in Midwest

Reducing Youth Access to Alcohol in Minnesota

Visit Alcohol and Teen Drinking.



Detecting the Potential for Violence

Visit Teen Violence and Characteristics of Youth Who Have Caused School-Related Violent Deaths.



Drugs & Drug Abuse in Minnesota



Firearms, alcohol and suicide: a deadly connection

Visit Alcohol and Teen Drinking and Teen Suicide.



Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in Minnesota (pdf)

Minors Right to Consent to Health Care

Access to Medication Records (pdf)

HMO Loses Battle Over Treatment Denial

Protecting Your Child's Medical Confidentiality in School

Mental Health Victory for MN Families

Visit Family Health.



Irradiation and the School Lunch Decision (pdf)

Visit Nutritional Health.



Mandated School Billing for Special Education Health Services

Visit Special Education.



Meth in Minnesota: The Costly Addiction

Teens and Meth (pdf)

Meth Statistics in Minnesota

Meth makes its way into Minnesota schools

Parents Surprised By Scope of Meth Problem

Visit Drugs and Teen Substance Abuse and Methamphetamine.



Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning

Education Helpline     1-888-234-4939

Twin Cities metro callers     651-603-0057

Read If an Adolescent Begins To Fail in School,

What Can Parents and Teachers Do?



Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Procedure: Delinquency, Juvenile Petty Offenses and Juvenile Traffic Offenses

Visit When Your Teen is in Trouble with the Law.



Missing Children in Minnesota

What To Do If Your Child Is Missing

Just in Case . . . Your Child is a Runaway

Homeless Youth in Minnesota

Find Noora Salim

Find Joshua Guimond

Find Leanna 'Beaner' Warner

Visit Runaways and Missing Children.



Obesity Report in Minnesota

Teasing About Weight Takes Its Toll on Kids

Repeat of phys ed requirement bad policy for teenagers

Visit Moms! Help Your Overweight Daughter.



Oxycontin use on rise in Twin Cities

A Family's Grief

Visit Drugs and Teen Substance Abuse.



A Parent's Guide to Truancy (pdf)

Visit Youth Who Drop Out.



Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification in Minnesota

Sexual Predators in Minnesota

Child Sexual Abuse in the Twin Cities (pdf)

Chasing Online Predators

Sex offenders moving to Minnesota escape public scrutiny

Visit Abuse: Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Neglect and Adolescent Sex Offenders.





The Anna Westin Foundation


The outrage at Anna’s death and the outpouring of community support led Anna’s family to establish this organization to help others suffering directly or indirectly from eating disorders.  Visit Eating Disorders.


Brain Injury Association of Minnesota



Brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.  Visit Family Health.


Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women


Support and resources for victims of domestic violence in central Minnesota, including support groups for children.  Visit Abuse: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect.


Children, Youth, and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota


Nationally recognized for its scholarship and resources on children, youth and family issues.  Visit Parenting Teens.


Citizens' Council on Health Care


CCHC works for individual freedom and financial responsibility in all health care decisions.  Comprehensive site on health care, health privacy issues, and insurance information.  Visit Family Health.


Committee Against Domestic Abuse


CADA is committed to bringing women's strengths together to claim power and control over their own lives; protecting victims of domestic abuse  and  their children from  further violence; and
educating communities about the realities of violence in their homes.  Visit Abuse: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect.


Friends for a Non-Violent World

651- 917-0383

Through education, example, and experiences in non-violent living, FNVW works to build a world where all people can speak truth to power, practice alternatives to violence, gain strength from community, and act in a spirit of cooperation to work for peace and justice.  Visit Teen Violence.


MADD Minnesota


Chapters throughout Minnesota work to stop drunk driving, eliminate underage access to alcohol, and support the victims of alcohol and drug impaired crashes.  Visit Alcohol and Teen Drinking.


Mental Health Association of Minnesota


612-331-6840  Twin Cities

Education, advocacy, and support. Visit Bipolar Disorder.


Midwest Gang Investigators Association

Educational organization made up of law enforcement officers and other members of the criminal justice community.  Visit Gangs: Awareness, Prevention, Intervention.


Minnesota Adoption Support and Preservation


Provides post-adoption information and support to individuals and to agencies.  Visit Parenting the Adopted Adolescent.


Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health


MACMH serves children who have emotional/behavioral disorders and their families across the state.  Visit Teen Behavior Problems and Disorders.


Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse


A center within the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota whose primary mission is supporting education, research, and access to information about violence.  The MINCAVA Electronic Clearinghouse provides an extensive pool of up-to-date educational resources about all types of violence.  Visit Teen Violence.


Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs


Information and referrals to educational services, support groups, summer camps, service coordination, and legal services.  Visit Special Education.


Minnesota Council for Children with Behavior Disorders

A division of the Council for Exceptional Children, CEC promotes quality education for children and youth with disabilities and challenging behavior.


Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force


Educates parents and children to the dangers of predators on the Internet and vigorously pursues those who would exploit children.  Visit Abuse: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect.


Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting

Comprehensive clearinghouse of information and resources on teen pregnancy prevention and parenting. Visit Teen Sexual Behavior: Issues and Concern.


Minnesota Prevention Resource Center


Collection of research and evaluation findings designed to inform about effective prevention programs.  Visit Drugs and Teen Substance Abuse.


Minnesota Tourette Syndrome Association


Serves families and individuals affected by Tourette Syndrome through support, education, and advocacy.  Visit Tourette Syndrome.


Missing Children Minnesota


Helps locate missing children, provides advocacy and support services to families of missing children and information and prevention education to the public regarding missing children and runaways.  Visit Runaways and Missing Children.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- Minnesota



Education, advocacy, and support.  Visit Teen Depression.


Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)

Nonprofit organization that helps parents and families of children with disabilities. Visit Learning Disabilities.


Stop It Now! Minnesota


Prevention programs and public awareness activities to help adults take responsibility for preventing the sexual abuse of children BEFORE a child is harmed.  Visit Abuse: Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Neglect.



Child Pornography Tipline




Child Abuse Hotline




Fathers' Crisis Line Minneapolis/St. Paul



Minnesota AIDS Hotline



Minnesota Missing Persons Clearinghouse



Minnesota Poison Control Center




Minnesota Rape Crisis Hotlines


Minnesota STD Hotline


Minnesota Suicide and Crisis Hotlines


National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline


National Hotlines and Helplines


National Runaway Switchboard




National Suicide Hotline



Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)



St. Paul Teenline



Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information


Twin Cities Crisis Connection





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Self-Help and Support Groups


Adoptive Parents Support Groups


Al-Anon and Alateen: Getting In Touch


Al-Anon/Alateen in Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul Area


Alcoholics Anonymous Minneapolis


Alcoholics Anonymous Saint Paul


Alcoholics Victorious Support Groups


Anxiety Disorder Self-Help Support Groups


Because I Love You Parent Support Groups


Cocaine Anonymous of Minnesota


CoDependents Anonymous


Compassionate Friends


Dual Recovery Anonymous



Emotions Anonymous



Families Anonymous



Family and Friends of Meth Users (Waverly)


Family-to-Family Support Groups

Support for families and friends of persons with mental illness.


Jewish Recovery Meetings


Minnesota Recovery Page


Minnesota Region of Narcotics Anonymous


NAMI Family Support Groups


OCD Support Groups


Overcomers Outreach Meeting Locations


Parent Support Network (Dakota County)


Parents Anonymous

651-487-2111 Twin Cities


Parents of Murdered Children - Minnesota Hope



Stepfamily Association of America Local Chapters


Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide


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