The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Children and Family Services Division is gathering input from families and professionals engaged in the child welfare system on how services and supports are provided in Burke, Bottineau, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward counties, as well as by the Division of Juvenile Services, and the Three Affiliated Tribes for families living in Mountrail County.

Licensed foster and adoptive families and relative caregivers from the region are invited to attend a meeting to share their feedback on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at North Central Human Service Center, 1015 S. Broadway, Suite 18, in Minot. Families who would like to participate, but are unable to attend in person, can call Michelle Jacob at 701-857-8591 to receive a toll-free call-in number.

The department is also surveying parents with children in foster care, professionals who work with children and families, including caseworkers, child welfare service providers, county and tribal social services staff members, juvenile court directors, judges, and judicial referees; and other stakeholders through separate online surveys. Youths served through the foster care system will also have the opportunity to comment about their experiences. These stakeholders will receive an email with the appropriate survey link and instructions on how to participate. Others, who are interested in participating in one of the surveys, can call the onsite case review manager at the University of North Dakota Children and Family Services Training Center (UND CFSTC) at 701-777-5971. 

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