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Foster Care Placements

If a child is removed from the care of their parents, a public agency is granted custody. Agency staff determine the type of foster care needed for a child based on the needs of the child. Several foster care placement options are available in North Dakota.

Regular Foster Care for Children
Most children in North Dakota foster care are placed in regular family foster homes. Placement may last a number of days to several months. The child attends school in the community while participating with the foster family in their daily activities.
Contact: County Social Services
Therapeutic PATH/Treatment Foster Care
Therapeutic foster parents receive extra training and supports as children in therapeutic care often have additional behavioral or emotional needs. A child may transition into a regular foster home after behavioral and other issues are stabilized. The average length of stay is nine months.
Contact: PATH and Lutheran Social Services
This home provides care for a child who is waiting to be adopted. The child maintains continuity through remaining in the home until the adoption process is completed. On occasion, foster parents may be eligible to adopt a child if approved through the adoption home study and selected by the team.
Contact: Licensed North Dakota Adoption Agencies
Group Home/Facility
Children in need of treatment services and 24-7 staff to child supervision may require placements in a group home or facility. The average length of stay is six months.
Contact: North Dakota Foster Care Facility Directory
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program
Foster care is provided for youth arriving from other countries through the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota's Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. Foster homes, primarily in the Fargo area, help youth adjust to a new country while providing the support of a family setting.
Contact: Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota


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