North Dakota Child Protection Program
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 regional supervisor of child protection services at the Regional Human Service Center in the region where the facility is located. Certain professionals are required by law to make reports whenever child abuse or neglect is suspected. 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:
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:
Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
A person mandated to report, or any person wanting to report suspected child abuse or neglect, should contact the County Social Service Office in the county where the child is. Each of the 53 County Social Service Offices serve as the N.D. Department of Human Services' designee for child protection services.
What Happens After a Report is Received by Child Protection Service Staff?
When the county social service office receives a report of suspected child abuse or neglect the following occurs:
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:
N.D. Department of Human Services 325
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0250