North Dakota

North Dakota flag, with an eagle carrying a snake in its mouth and a banner reading "North Dakota" underneath.


North Dakota Launches Team to Divert Children from Incarceration and Foster Care

A North Dakota program to steer children away from the criminal justice and foster care systems launched this month. 

Foster Care Abused Me Because of My Autism


I Was Treated as a Problem in Foster Care Because of my Autism

Nobody knew how to care for a teenager with autism. Instead of trying to communicate with me, I was just labeled a problem, writes Nia Dyer.

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Family First Act


Two New States Win Federal Approval of Family Preservation Plans

Two more states have joined the roster of states that can now use the federal child welfare entitlement to support services for families whose kids might otherwise be taken away and fall into the foster care system.

North Dakota flag, with an eagle carrying a snake in its mouth and a banner reading "North Dakota" underneath.


North Dakota Moves Toward Family First Act Implementation

North Dakota announced last week that it is prepared to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, and is finalizing a plan for approval from the federal government. Over the last 18 months, the state has undertaken a rigorous process to create rules and policy to support the implementation of the new law, including hosting a number of stakeholder events.


North Dakota Plans for Rapid Response When Foster Youth are Charged with Crimes

North Dakota has struggled to track and support youth who get in trouble and are the subject of abuse and neglect investigations. This week, it announced a new venture to improve on that measure.


North Dakota Seeks Input from Foster Parents, Stakeholders

As part of its Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) strategy, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Children and Family Services (CFS) division will begin the process of conducting onsite case reviews (OCR) this week in meetings with licensed foster and adoptive families, as well as relative caregivers.


    Report: Anti-LGBTQ Laws Across the U.S. Hamper a Huge, Untapped Pool of Prospective Adoptive and Foster Parents

    Since the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, several states have passed laws allowing publicly funded child welfare organizations to exclude millions of LGBTQ adults as potential foster parents. This, combined with a Trump administration executive order on religious liberty, is cause for concern over the future of child welfare programs, according to a new policy brief from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).


    Providers Hope Trauma Legislation Will Help Native Children in Foster Care

    Recent federal legislation put forward by senators Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) proposes to address the issue of childhood trauma through the creation of a federal trauma task force.


    For Advocates and Native Communities, an Online Resource for Sex Trafficking Victims

    American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls fall prey to human trafficking at a disproportionate rate, according to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).