Northwood Children's Services

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4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
United States

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Monday Open 24 hours
Tuesday Open 24 hours
Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours

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Located in Duluth, Minnesota, Northwood Children’s Services provides holistic and professional care, education, and treatment for children with severe emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. Established in 1883, we are the oldest and largest organization of our kind in Minnesota. Northwood is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency committed to building positive change in children’s lives.

Our tradition of compassionate service has made Northwood the program of choice for the care and treatment of children with significant mental health challenges.

Northwood Children’s Services mission is to provide brighter futures for the children and families we serve.


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Requirements to become a foster parent

There are several support services available for foster parents in Minnesota. Let's take a look at what's available:

Support Payments

Minnesotan foster parents receive a monthly basic payment to help with the care costs of the foster child. Payments vary depending on the child's age and circumstances. They start at $650 per month.

In some circumstances, foster parents can also receive a difficulty of care supplemental monthly rate. These payments help support children with physical and mental difficulties and can be up to $1,500 per month.

Medical and Dental Coverage

In Minnesota, foster children receive Medicaid coverage for their medical and dental needs.

The foster parents are responsible for arranging the child's medical care and must attend all necessary appointments to maintain their health and well-being.

Training and Support Groups

There are plenty of support groups and resources available for foster parents in Minnesota. These services offer ongoing support and an opportunity to share experiences with other people in the same situation as you.

Additional training can also help you be the best caregiver possible for your foster kid.


Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.2 / 5
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Jacob Moe
Mar 05, 2023

I’d like to take a second and mention that I was a former Northwoods resident. I spent 3 1/2ish years here between 2016-2019. I spent 2 years in residential treatment on the Huskies team, and 2 years in a group home owned by the company, known as the Columbus house. While I stayed here, I grew more than I can even explain. As a child with PTSD & trauma from neglect, discrimination/bullying, I found nothing but support from the staff and other employees here. The opportunities for personal growth and life long success here were unmatchable. At Northwoods, I had the resources and connections needed to gain confidence in myself and learn valuable life skills and become my OWN person free from persecution. If your child is struggling with behavior/emotional issues, I highly recommend enrolling them here. I am proud to say I that I am a success story due to my experiences here that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else.
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This place is a safe haven for children.
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Mr. Woleat, Mel, Jaimie, & others, thank you

Rating: 5

James Madill
May 23, 2021

Good staff. Nice hidden place that should be more a place for tranquility. But, then again, its just where it should be for the kids who use it. Good safe place with plenty of beauty around it

Rating: 4

rosemary hanson
Jul 27, 2019

Great place for children

Rating: 5

Alex Gayner
Jul 07, 2019

Northwoods doesn't treat the children with respect, they only see what they can get away with just so they don't get sued. It bet if I got a dime for how many times a Northwoods staff has lied about an incident I'd be a millionaire. Save yourself the time and money, and just raise your child yourself like a normal parent.

Rating: 1

Alex Hatanpaa
Jan 19, 2018

Dedicated staff with real results.

Rating: 5