Child Protections & Family Services

Child Protective Services
In this program, licensed social workers 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 and services may be recommended or required.
To make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, please complete the SFN 960 Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect and mail, fax or drop off a your local Social Service office between the hours of 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday - Friday. An intake worker is also available to take reports by phone or walk-in. 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 Management
In cases where the risk of child abuse/neglect meets the criteria to require or order a family to participate in services, a licensed social worker is assigned to assist the family in obtaining the support and services needed to reduce the risk or maltreatment and/or out-of-home care.

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 social workers 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.

Family Foster Care Licensing
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.

Kinship Care TANF
Kinship Care assistance expands the options for placement to children who are in the care, custody, and control of County Social Services by providing enhanced funding and services to those found eligible for the program.

Subsidized Adoption Subsidy Payments
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.

Subsidized Guardianship Subsidy Payments
The subsidized guardianship program provides a means for a monthly cash payment for a child's maintenance needs to an eligible guardian who provides care to an eligible child.
Home Studies 
 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 Social Services does not conduct Home Studies in parental custody situations.

Parent Aide Services
The provision of paraprofessional services to families, providing education and support to meet predetermined goals and prevent out-of-home child foster care placement. Services are provided as a component of Family Preservation Services in North Dakota.

Safety & Permanency Funds
These funds can be used to help prevent the placement of children in out-of-home care, safely reunify children with their families, or assist with other permanency plans for children. However, other avenues of payment for these needs must be exhausted, such as county funds, churches, fraternal organizations, Community Action, etc., due to the limited amount of money available. This is not an ongoing source of funding and is supposed to be a one-time, emergency needs fund. 

Intensive In-Home Family Therapy Services 
The State of North Dakota and Ward County have contracted with the Village Family Service Center to provide therapy, counseling, parenting skills, education, and community interventions what work toward resolving difficulties that could place their child(ren) at risk of abuse/neglect or out-of-home placement, or if a child is in foster care and assistance is needed with reunification. 

Child Care Licensing (Family, Group & Center) and Registration
A service that permits individuals and groups to provide licensed child care. Licensing requires minimal standards for care and the physical environment. All individuals who care for more than six unrelated individuals must be licensed or registered in North Dakota.
 Children’s Special Health Services, Clinics
Financial Services for any person between birth and 21 years, whose physical function or emotional development is impaired by accident, disease, or congenital deformity. Services consist of early location of eligible children; provision of diagnostic services and treatment including medical, surgical, and hospital services for children who have certain special health conditions; and social services to the children and their families.

North Dakota Health Tracks
This program is only for those under age 21 and are Medicaid eligible only. This program of preventive health care is directed to children who are eligible for medical assistance. It places an emphasis on early diagnosis and treatment.