About the Collaborative

Working Together . . . Serving Families . . . Improving Lives

It is the vision of the Otter Tail Family Services Collaborative that families, communities and service providing agencies work together for a responsive, flexible system of education, support and services that focus positively on the needs, strengths and potential of each child and family.

As service providers who collaborate, we value:
  • Improved outcomes for children & families
  • Leadership & innovation
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Responsive service delivery system

  • Increasing Academic Engagement
  • Improving Emotional Well-being
  • Improving Preventative Health Practices
  • Reducing Risk Behavior

Program Standards

Each Collaborative program:

Is developed as a result of a planning process that includes consumer representatives, governance board members, partner organization CEOs, supervisors and direct service staff;
Is planned and directed by a work group with members assigned by any interested partner organization;
Is prevention and/or early intervention strategy;
Focuses on solutions, rather than problems;
Works with families to identify and build on existing strengths;
Offers support, information and skill-building to at-risk children/youth and their families;
Serves the family at the location of their choosing, typically in their home, at times convenient to family members;
Is offered without charge to families, though third party reimbursement is sought whenever possible.