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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Child Welfare - Adoption and Foster Care Program

Human Services / Facilities Center

16126 John Moose Dr, Cass Lake, MN, 56633-3554

(218) 335-3622


Service Details


The Foster Care Program provides foster care licensing for Native Families on and near the Leech Lake Reservation. The program seeks extended family members or other Native Families to care for children who need to be placed out of the home until the child can be reunified with their family. These homes are intended to provide a short-term, safe and stable environment for children while their family works to improve the conditions that resulted in the out of home placement.

The Adoption Program finds adoptive homes for Leech Lake children who are available for adoption via Child Protection. They are not able to assist with private adoptions.

Pre and Post Adoption resources are available for adoptive families. The adoption process will take a minimum of six months to one year. Adoption subsidies are available for those children who are eligible.

Adoptive families must be either licensed or eligible for licensure in Foster Care while awaiting for finalization of the adoption.

Additional programs include:
* Urban Child Welfare Program: Advocates for the needs of Leech Lake children while in foster care and provides support for families to reunify with their children
* Youth Living Skills Program: Assistance to make the transition to self-sufficiency or young adults who have aged out of the foster care program


  • Specialization
    • Native American Community 


Eligible applicants to become foster parents must:
* Be at least 21 years of age
* Pass the substance abuse test
* Pass the three background checks
* Pass the physical exam
* Health and safety home visit

Eligibility for Adoption:
* 21 years and older
* Enrolled or eligible for enrollment (first generation descendants may apply, however, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Commission will need to approve the application)
* Steady Income
* Driver's License
* Pass Criminal Background Check
* Pass Social Services Background Check

Application Instructions

Call for more information - an appointment is needed.

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Leech Lake Reservation, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard and Itasca Counties


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (218) 335-3622
Recovery Maintenance Prog (218) 335-8302
Child Abuse Prevention Program (218) 335-4448
Community Center Contact (218) 335-8318
Family Preservation Program (218) 335-4448
Human Resources (218) 335-3698
Management Information Systems (218) 335-3750
Tribal Court (218) 335-3682
Tribal Enrollment (218) 335-3601
Workforce Investment Act (218) 335-8391
Youth Division (218) 334-4433

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