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Adoption Opportunities

In the year 2005, 87% of North Dakota's special needs adoptions were by foster parents who had the children in their care. Adoption is a legal and social process that transfers all parental rights to the adoptive family. Children unable to return home are often placed for adoption. Many are adopted by their foster parents while others are urgently seeking a family.

Adoption agencies are licensed and must meet state laws, regulations and other requirements in placing a child for adoption. North Dakota Licensed Child-Placing Agencies for adoption are:

Catholic Charities North Dakota
5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite B
Fargo, N.D. 58104-7605
Phone: (701) 235-4457

Christian Family Life Services
2360 7th Ave. E., #1
West Fargo, N.D. 58078
Phone: (701) 237-4473

LDS Social Services
P.O. Box 3100
Bismarck, N.D. 58502-3100
Phone: (612) 560-0900

The Adoption Option
Village Family Service Center
P.O. Box 9859
Fargo, N.D. 58106-9859
Phone: (701) 235-6433

AASK (Adults Adopting Special Kids)

AASK is North Dakota's special needs adoption program. It is a collaborative effort of Catholic Charities ND, PATH ND, Inc. and the Department of Human Services. Turtle Mountain Child Welfare & Family Services is also affiliated with AASK.

Special needs adoption children may have physical, emotional, or psychological disabilities, may be older children, members of a sibling group being placed together, or are children whose race is a barrier to placement. Most have suffered from neglect, physical, or sexual abuse. All of these children need a loving, permanent family.

The purpose of AASK is the:

For more information about adoption see the Adoption Program Information. The following agencies can also assist you:

State AASK Director
Catholic Charities ND
5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite B
Fargo, N.D. 58104
Phone: (701) 235-4457

Regional AASK Adoption Specialists
Belcourt: (701) 477-0525
Bismarck: (701) 224-9611
Devils Lake: (701) 662-4913
Fargo: (701) 235-4457
Grand Forks: (701) 775-4196
Minot: (701) 839-8887


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