Our Family Services offer a continuum of education and engagement opportunities and social service programs to strengthen and promote healthy families and build community on the East Side of St. Paul.
Merrick’s Family Services Family Caseworkers utilize intervention and prevention resources, tools, information, and referrals to address and/or service the comprehensive and complex needs of the whole family. Through the provision of culturally appropriate community resources, information and referral services; domestic violence prevention education; and individual and family case management services they strive to connect the family with resources in their community that will address their immediate needs. It is the role of the Family Caseworker to teach individuals the skills needed to problem solve and search out and connect to needed resources. All of the above components contribute to a respectful, professional relationship that is a critical component to family growth and achievement. Family Caseworkers assist parents in meeting their goals through support and advocacy.
Merrick’s Family Caseworkers are available Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm, appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed to see a Family Caseworker that day. To make an appointment, call 651-771-9339.
Through teaching, coaching, modeling, and advocacy, Family Caseworkers and the family collaboratively work together to develop a plan by setting goals that identify and build on the families’ strengths and support the growth of stronger family relationships. At the core of this method of case management are empathy, understanding, concern, interest, congruence, and compassion. Merrick case management services are offered through a partnership with Ramsey County Human Services – Family & Community Partnership (FCP) / Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) & Family Emergency Funds. FCP/PSOP is a voluntary program designed to assist low income families with minor children with basic needs and information regarding community resources.
- Live in Ramsey County.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a parent of at least one child under the age of 10 years old.
- A pregnant mother expecting her first child with more than one risk factor.*
- A minor mother no residing with custodian parent.
*Some risk factors are: parenting skills; cognitive, emotional, or behavioral concerns; disabilities; child abuse; substance abuse; domestic abuse; and homelessness.
Additional Social Support Services
Through a variety of local and community partnerships, Merrick’s Family Caseworkers provide additional social support services to individuals and families through emergency assistance and referrals. Areas of support and referrals can include: basic needs, child development/parenting skills, domestic violence, counseling/therapy, chemical dependency, public assistance, medical expenses, child care, transportation, housing needs, and other critical needs.
Addition Family Events:
- Parent/Guardian Engagement Opportunities – Coming Soon!
- Family Fun Night – Coming Soon!
- National Night Out: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at TBA
- Back-to-School Celebration: Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10am – 2pm at Merrick@Arcade
- Holiday Share Toy Distribution: December 16th & 18th, 2017 at Merrick@Arcade