Child Protection

The child protection unit responds to situations where children are alleged to be maltreated and helps to support families to safely care for their children.

To Report Suspected Abuse:

Weekdays / Normal Business Hours
Big Stone County Family Services
Phone: 1-320-839-2555
Weekends / After Hours
Ortonville Police Department or Big Stone County Sheriff’s Department
Phone: 1-320-839-3558
For emergencies call 911


When making a Child Protection Report in Big Stone County please keep in mind:

  • Oral reports should be made to Big Stone County Family Services or law enforcement whenever there are concerns that a child may be abused or neglected.

  • The reporter is immune from civil and criminal liability if they are acting in good faith. 

  • Reports can be made voluntarily by anyone and by certain people designated in statute as mandated reporters.  A mandated reporter who fails to make a report may be guilty of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or a felony, depending on the severity of the abuse.

  • All mandated reporters will be asked to send a written report to Big Stone County Family Services within 72 hours of their verbal report, exclusive of weekends and holidays. 

For more information on mandated reporting, read:  Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect