Plan of Safe Care (POSC)

Mission: To strengthen families during pregnancy and beyond while safely keeping children with their families.

What is POSC?

The Plan of Safe Care program is designed specifically to work with women who are pregnant and struggling with substance use issues.  The goal is to help mothers have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies by providing quality resources and timely services that address their health, well-being, and substance use and ensures a safe, stable home environment for them and their children.  It is a priority for babies to remain with their mothers/families whenever safely possible.

Who is eligible for POSC?

Anoka County residents who are pregnant and struggling with substance use; substances include alcohol, marijuana (THC), the misuse of prescribed medications, and other non-prescribed substances.  Have a willingness to work voluntarily with a social worker to develop a plan to meet personal needs and overcome barriers for a healthier, substance free pregnancy and baby. 

How do I get connected to POSC?

Call Anoka County at 763-324-1440 and request more information about the Plan of Safe Care program; or ask to speak to Tessa Frantzen directly, Social Worker for the program, at 763-324-1293, or email Tessa at  

What can I expect from POSC?

An Anoka County Plan of Safe Care Social Worker will assist you and your family to help identify the unique needs of your growing family. The strength-based social worker will work with you/your family throughout your pregnancy, baby’s birth, and up to 6 months after to access what is needed:  healthcare, substance use and/or mental health services, parent education, basic needs, a support network, etc. This will be achieved by partnering with you/your family to create a family-centered plan that focuses on the health and safety of you, your baby/family, and home. 

Our Hope is to Help

  • Improve outcomes for pregnant women who are using substances
  • Providing resources to obtain and maintain sobriety throughout pregnancy and post-partum
  • Babies are born healthy and safe; both mothers and their infants test negative for chemicals at birth
  • Out-of-home placements for children reduced, keeping children and families safely together
  • Increase public awareness and reduce stigma around substance use
  • Work together to solve concerns, build on strengths, provide and access resources