About The Family Partnership

The Family Partnership is rich in history, and its story is reflective of the important and unique role that the private, not-for-profit human service system has played in this country. The Family Partnership was founded in 1878 as the Minneapolis Humane Society to fill a glaring gap in services to children. Like most early nonprofit organizations, it was formed by volunteers. Over the years the organization grew and changed with the times. Ours is a story of anticipation, adaptation, and innovation.

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The Family Partnership Counseling


Counseling improves well-being and stability for children, teens, adults, and families who face troubling times that get in the way of success at school, home, or work. We supported over 6,870 children, teens, and adults with our counseling services in 2015.

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The Family Partnership Education


Education provides support in order for high-risk babies to thrive, gets at-risk children ready for kindergarten, keeps youth engaged in school through graduation, and helps challenged parents learn techniques to nurture and sustain the family. Over 20,324 served in 2015.

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The Family Partnership Adcocacy


Advocacy moves children and families up from poverty and out of dangerous living situations. Our advocacy with individuals, families, and communities empowers people for self-determination, civic participation, and access to opportunity. Over 8,827 served in 2015.

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