- Ward County
- Human Service Zone
- Child Protection & Family Preservation Services
Child Protection & Family Services
Child Protective Services (CPS)In this program, family service specialists receive and assess reports for child abuse and neglect in accordance with state law. Upon completion of the Child Protective Services (CPS) Assessment, cases are staffed with the county Child Protection Team. Services may be required if impending dangers are identified in a family and/or foster care services are needed.
To make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, please complete the SFN 960 Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect and fax it to 701-328-0361 or call 1-833-958-3500 (toll free) to file a report with the state's Central Intake Unit. You may also drop off a SFN960 report at your local Human Service Zone office between the hours of 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday - Friday and staff will send it to the Central Intake Unit for you. For child protection emergencies after business hours, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
Minot Police Dept
515 2nd Ave SW
Minot, ND 58701
Ward County Sheriff's Dept
315 3rd St SE
Minot, ND 58701
Child Protective Services In-Home Case ManagementIn cases where children have been determined unsafe but impending danger is able to be controlled through an In Home Safety Plan, a case manager is assigned to assist the family in obtaining the support and services needed to reduce the identified danger and prevent foster care placement.
Foster Care Case Management
Provision of substitute parental care to children under age 21 who are removed from the care, custody, and control of their parents due to abuse/neglect, deprivation or unruly behavior. A court order is required for placement of children in foster care with the exception of emergency, after hours situations when law enforcement can request temporary placement without a court order. Foster care may be provided in a relative home, licensed family foster home, group home, or residential care facility. Case management is provided by agency family service specialists to the child in custody and family to facilitate reunification. When reunification cannot occur, other goals are considered such as guardianship, adoption or planned permanent living for that child.
A service that recruits, trains, and recommends licensing for the care of children in need of out-of-home placement. This includes a home study and determining the fitness of a family to be considered as a foster parent.
Family Foster Care Licensing
Kinship care assistance expands placement options for children who are in the care, custody, and control of the Human Service Zone by providing enhanced funding and services to those found eligible for the program.
Kinship Care TANF
The Subsidized adoption program provides financial assistance to increase incentives for the adoption of North Dakota children whose handicap, age, minority background, or sibling group membership might otherwise prevent their adoptive placement.
An evaluation and screening of the home, background and lifestyle of prospective relative and non-relative placement options for children in foster care. Ward County Human Service Zone does not conduct home studies in parental custody situations.