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Child Welfare Services

Child Care Licensing


Access to child care is an important component of a community’s infrastructure:

  • Helps to build a stable work force
  • Helps to attract and retain business to your community
  • Improves employee productivity and reduces absenteeism
  • Increases a children’s school readiness, which in turn enhances classroom learning for all children.
  • Helps children build life skills that will help them become healthier, more productive adults, employees, business leaders and citizens


Hillary Whitaker, Child Care Licensing Specialist

Child Protection Services (CPS)

North Dakota's Department of Human Services now manages a centralized and specialized CPS intake unit. Individuals who suspect a child is being abused or neglected in North Dakota can make a report to the intake unit by calling 1-833-958-3500, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time (7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mountain Time). If a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

Law enforcement and health care professionals in need of a CPS worker to respond to their location immediately can continue to contact the North Star Human Service Zone for situations in Burke, Divide, Williams, and Renville Counties. Supporting documents should be faxed to the new centralized CPS Intake Unit at 701-328-0361. Local CPS supervisors and workers are responsible for notifying law enforcement of potential criminal situations.

Foster Home Licensing


The North Star HSZ works with the North Dakota Department of Human Services to license homes for foster care. Foster care families provide 24-hour care for children whose parents are unable, neglect, or refuse to provide for their children's needs. Being a foster parents means that you provide food, clothing, shelter, security, safety, guidance and comfort for the foster child or children.

In nearly all cases, a child in care has been removed from their home by a court order, with custody given to a public agency, such as the Division of Juvenile Services, Human Service Zone (HSZ), or Tribal Social Services.


Kathleen Molland, Foster Home Licenser
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