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North Dakota Child Protection Program

REPORT Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

  • NEW - TO REPORT suspected child abuse and neglect, call the NEW Statewide toll-free Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line 1-833-958-3500 BEGINNING Jan. 4, 2021.
  • Available 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday (7 a.m.– 4 p.m. Mountain Time)
  • A dedicated team of specialized CPS intake professionals will answer your call and gather all needed facts so local CPS workers can act more quickly to protect children.
  • Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, calls to the local human service zone office to report suspected child abuse and neglect will be rerouted to the NEW Centralized Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line.
  • IMPORTANT: If it's an EMERGENCY and a child is in immediate DANGER, CALL 9-1-1 NOW.


The law governing child protection services is NDCC 50-25.1.


Institutional Child Protection Services

Institutional child abuse and neglect is defined by North Dakota Century Code 50-25.1-02 as, "situations of known or suspected child abuse or neglect where the person responsible for the child's welfare is an employee of a residential child care facility, a treatment or care center for mentally retarded, a public or private residential educational facility, a maternity home, or any residential facility owned or managed by the state or a political subdivision of the state."

When a child is suspected of being abused under circumstances that fit within this definition, the suspicion of possible child abuse or neglect can be reported to the NEW Statewide toll-free Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line 1-833-958-3500. Certain professionals are required by law to make reports whenever child abuse or neglect is suspected. State Form No. 960 (LINK to SFN 960) may be used to make a report of suspected institutional child abuse or neglect.

North Dakota Child Fatality Review Panel (NDCFRP)

The NDCFRP presiding officer is allowed under North Dakota Century Code 50-25.1-04.4 to request and receive records from, "any hospital, physician, medical professional, medical facility, mental health professional, mental health facility" to aid in the work of the Panel.

Child Abuse And Neglect Prevention

The Child Protection Program supports and funds numerous child abuse and neglect prevention activities in collaboration with both public and private partners.

Prevention efforts include:

Other Topics

Mandated Reporters

Professionals having knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or neglected, or has died as a result of abuse or neglect, must make a report of the circumstances.

Professionals required to report are:

Online Interactive Training for Mandated Reporters

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

A person mandated to report, or any person wanting to report suspected child abuse or neglect, should call 1-833-958-3500, North Dakota's NEW toll-free Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line.

What Happens After a Report is Received by Child Protection Service Staff?

When a report of suspected child abuse or neglect the following occurs:

Appeal Rights

FORM - Request for Appeal of the Child Abuse & Neglect Assessment Decision (SFN 462)

The caregiver (subject of the report of suspected child abuse or neglect) has a right to appeal the decision of whether services are required for the protection and treatment of an abused or neglected child.

A request for an appeal must be in writing on forms developed and provided by the department. The written request for an appeal and formal hearing should be submitted to:

Appeals Supervisor
N.D. Department of Human Services 325
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0250


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