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Vulnerable Adults

Identifying maltreatment in vulnerable adults can be challenging because the adult may not be able to communicate what happened or may be considered an unreliable witness. For example, an elderly man with dementia has a bruise on his arm. Is the bruise the result of caregiver abuse or did he accidentally bump into the wall?

There are three basic kinds of maltreatment:
  • Abuse - physical, emotional or sexual
  • Neglect - caregiver neglect or self neglect
  • Financial exploitation

CONTACT: If you suspect maltreatment of a vulnerable adult in St. Louis County contact the Statewide Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) at 844-880-1574.  If you do not reach a worker, leave a message. If your situation is an emergency call 9-1-1 to reach your local law enforcement. Learn more about services to Vulnerable Adults...

Adult Guardianship

A guardian is appointed by the court to make the personal decisions for the protected person ("Ward".) The court will identify in what specific areas a guardian has the right to make decisions for the ward. Visit the Minnesota Courts website for legal information about Guardianship.
St. Louis County referrals for guardianship typically come through the Vulnerable Adult Investigation process. Investigations are routinely reviewed with the St. Louis County Attorney and Guardianship Unit to discuss potentially less restrictive alternatives to guardianship

Adult Protection

If you suspect that an adult is being abused, neglected, or financially exploited call the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) toll free at 844-880-1574.
Mandated reporters-including law enforcement, educators, doctors, nurses, social workers and other licensed professionals can call the number above or use a web-based reporting system by using the link below:

Minnesota Department of Human Services-Adult Protection link