A teen struggles with anger management.
A young boy’s family can’t afford new shoes.
A girl copes with her parents’ divorce.
A family needs food assistance.
When children are at risk, the welfare of an entire community suffers. Youth and their families need a network of coordinated resources that foster a safe and stable environment that promotes physical, emotional and academic well-being.
That’s where the Family Services Collaborative of the Lakes Area comes in. The Family Services Collaborative (FSC) is a unique network that brings together schools, community organizations and local government agencies to collaboratively address the health, educational, developmental and family-related needs of children from birth through high school. While there are many local organizations that address a specific need of a child, the FSC’s collaborative model takes a holistic approach that more comprehensively improves the interconnected challenges that a child or family face. We provide group and individual skills training directly to children and families; assist in crisis situations; as well as work closely with school staff to connect children and families with resources and strategies that help meet their needs. Our team is available year-round and all of our services are free to youth and families.
Backed by research and a data driven approach, our team works in early childhood centers and schools on three priorities: Promoting the mental health and well-bring of children and youth; supporting health growth and social emotional development of children and youth; and strengthening resilience and protective factors of families, schools and communities.
We emphasize an early identification and intervention approach that addresses challenges before they grow and impact other areas of a child’s life. We have effectively served thousands of youth for over 20 years.
Funded by partners, donors, the State of Minnesota and area grant-making organizations, FSC helps Crow Wing County youth thrive by strengthening the bond between youth and caring adults; ensuring school success; promoting emotional well-being; and supporting the healthy racial, social, and cultural identities.