Greater Minnesota Family Services Connections Program

New Ulm, Minnesota
507-359-5489 Phone
507-359-2028 Fax
Director: Shannon Kitzberger, MA


Brochure   | Referral


What Is Connections?

  • Licensed as a Group Foster Care Program
  • Population served: Boys and Girls ages 11-17 (though some variations apply)
  • Licensed by the State of Minnesota through Brown County Family Services
  • Program capacity: 14  residents
  • Staff to resident ratio: 1 staff to 2 residents (1:1 staffing coverage is available)


Connections is a Foster Care program focusing on children with Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) where children receive the care, nurturing, consistency, and support of our highly qualified Mental Health staff.

Our program promotes healthy functioning in all areas of wellness.  Goal setting and implementation is individualized, yet coincides with a daily routine in the home to ensure a safe, predictable living environment.


The Connections Program provides:

  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Intensive one on one, group, and family therapy and counseling
  • Psychological testing when applicable
  • Registered Nurse on staff
  • Independent living skills training
  • Wraparound approach to goal setting and transition planning
  • Reunification with families and communities
  • Shelter Beds available (on a county pay basis, youth do not need to qualify for waivered services for short term respite)



The primary source of funding for youth enrolled at Connections is via CADI waivered services, which allow the youth to experience an all-inclusive package for the services provided.  Other funding options are available (please inquire).



Referrals can be made by contacting Connections Director Shannon Kitzberger at 507-359-5489. A referral form can then be completed and a meeting held to determine the appropriateness of the referral and discuss goals for the child and family.


"Connections provides a healing community, that inspires hope in the hearts of youth and their families, as demonstrated by genuine transformation in their lives."