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You are not alone.

We have compiled this list of resources to support you and your efforts to mitigate the harmful effects of child abuse and neglect.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 is a new three-digit emergency number for behavioral health crises. Officially launched on July 16, 2022, it is accessible 24/7 anywhere in the United States. Trained members of the state’s Lifeline crisis center, FirstLink, answers callers. FirstLink staff listen to the caller, provide support, and share resources if needed. If additional support is required, FirstLink connects the person to their local Human Service Center’s mobile crisis team.

Baby Safe Haven Training

This training is recommended for personnel working at approved locations under the North Dakota Baby Safe Haven Law as well as members of the general public who would like to learn more about the Baby Safe Haven Law in North Dakota.

Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Dakota

Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Dakota aims to support and increase access to children’s advocacy centers through training, organizational development, and leadership. Their team empowers families and professionals alike by offering six core services guided by accessibility, training, resources, awareness, policy, and networking. 

Firstlink 2-1-1 Directory of Community Resources

This is a compilation of resources from youth services to mental health and substance use disorder services, support groups, health care, prenatal, pregnancy, and postpartum services, personal and household items, seasonal programs, food, housing, utilities, transportation, education, employment, consumer services, and more.

Foster Parent Education

The Children & Family Services Training Center provides contact information and resources on Foster Parent Education. Their website has archived webinars, fire safety training, foster care handbooks and publications, kinship care information, newsletters, PRID pre-service training, and SFPM foster parent training.

Get Help Now

Get Help Now is a helpline that is maintained by Firstlink offering around the clock crisis assistance. Callers may access the 2-2-1 helpline for information about local community resources, listening, and support. Also available is the 9-8-8 suicide lifeline, crisis service agencies, or disaster services – including volunteer check-in sites and disaster volunteer help during major disasters.

Home Alone – Is your child ready?

This brochure provides information to parents and care givers who are in need of guidance about leaving a child home alone.

Juvenile Court Contacts

The Juvenile Court Contacts page has information for Juvenile Court services, including links to programs offered.

Kinship-ND Resource Library

The Kinship-ND program provides information and resources for those who have found themselves as the main caregiver for a family member who is not their child. This can be a grandparent, or other relative. The library has resources for 1 on 1 support, assistance with information or programs that can help, and limited financial assistance.

ND Kids Organization

The ND Kids organization provides resources for both parents and professionals alike. The site is loaded with information for parents. Some of the resources include information on child development, play, parenting challenges, special needs, and much more. For professionals, resources are available for developmental screenings, home visit programs, parenting tips, and other services to share with families in need. The site has a great service map to help pinpoint resources by location.

North Dakota Attorney General’s Office – Sexual Offender Registry

With this resource, website visitors can quickly and easily search for registered offenders by name or location. The easy to use form also contains a radius so visitors can search within their neighborhood, school area, or local park. After searching, visitors also have the option to map offender and track offender updates by signing up for email notifications.

North Dakota Court Records Inquiry

This resource makes court records accessible by county. It includes a map of North Dakota counties, and a drop down to easily search for case records.

North Dakota Health and Human Services

This website serves as a single point of entry for all Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Services in North Dakota. Here, you will find resources for adults and aging, financial support, child and family services, individuals with disabilities, food programs, Medicaid and CHIP, public health, behavioral health, online services, service locations, and vital records.

North Dakota Human Service Zones

This resource contains a map with local Human Service Zones offices by county. These offices have professionals on site who can help people who need these services and supports: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), heating assistance, Medicaid, including children’s health services; basic care assistance; child care assistance; child welfare (foster care, child protection services); and referrals to other local resources and programs. 

North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force

The North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force website is full of information to help prevent, detect, disrupt, and dismantle human trafficking. They have a section full of resources, information about upcoming events, and information on ways to volunteer.

North Dakota Offenders Against Children

This resource allows website visitors to search for non-sexual offenders against children. The list is updated in real time as changes and updates are reported. Offenders Against Children are required to verify their information with law enforcement within the month of their date of birth.

Prevent Child Abuse of North Dakota (PCAND)

Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND) is dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect in North Dakota. Founded in 1978, in it’s earlier days it was known as Parents Anonymous and the North Dakota Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. PCAND has many resources, including training, stats and facts, materials and publications.

Sanford CARE (Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation)

Sanford Health offers safe, child-friendly evaluations and resources for kids. At their child advocacy centers, they offer child assessments for children who may have experienced neglect or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. 

Safety Framework Practice Model

North Dakota’s new Safety Framework Practice Model strives to increase consistency in North Dakota’s child welfare practice, provide a clear definition of safety, establish set criteria for removal as well as reunification, and identify and build protective capacities in parents and caregivers. Hosted by Children & Family Services Training Center, this link has implementation resources, assessment and planning forms, other related forms, and resources for community partners.

Substance Use Disorder Providers

North Dakota Behavioral Health and Human Services has a list of available treatment programs by level of care. The list is periodically updated.

Understanding Child Sexual Behaviors

The Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center has a great resource to help caregivers identify developmentally expected sexual behaviors in children, recognize and identify problematic sexual behaviors, common misconceptions, and resources on what to do and how to help.

Youthworks

Youthworks helps homeless, runaway, trafficked, and struggling youth in North Dakota. Their website has a directory for programs for runaway, homeless and street youth; juvenile offenders; youth failing in school; youth suspended or expelled from school; young parents and pregnant moms (under 22); youth arrested and unable to immediately return home; youth needing emergency care: youth needing peer support or cross-age mentoring; and youth with anger issues. We provide family counseling during the day and in the evening at the convenience of the parents.

This Mandated Reporters Interactive Training site is provided by the
North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
Children and Family Services
600 E. Blvd. Ave. Dept. 325, Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2310 Toll Free: (800) 472-2622 Fax: (701) 328-3538
dhscfs@nd.gov

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