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The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being found that children placed in out-of-home care tended to score lower in cognitive capacity, language development, and academic achievement. (U.S. DHHS 2003)

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North Dakota CPS News Archive

The North Dakota news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of North Dakota and I will include it here in our coverage.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is hosting two hearings about Native Americans in the foster care system ahead of a planned summit next month.

The tribe is hosting a pre-summit hearing Saturday at the Grand River Casino in Mobridge and another one on April 26 at Prairie Nights Casino in Fort Yates, N.D.

April 15, 2013

by Kaitlyn Ross

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A North Dakota family said coming to Jacksonville was the worst decision of their life after the Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of their three young children just days into their trip.

The family said their little girl was seriously sick, and doctors in North Dakota couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. So they came to Jacksonville for the specialized care, but three days into her stay at Wolfson Children's Hospital, doctors there called DCF, suspecting abuse.

April 12, 2013

by Jill Hambek

PATH North Dakota made a major move recently while still managing, as part of its mission says, to provide treatment to children and youth in family settings.

PATH North Dakota, or PATH ND, is a non-profit organization and provides personalized treatment foster care and family-based services for children and their families, according to its website. The organizaation pioneered the treatment foster care concept and has built a reputation for quality and leadership in the foster care field.

February 6, 2013

Unschooling is home education with the child taking the primary responsibility instead of a parent.

The parents' role is to act as facilitator of the child's self-learning and help the child procure additional resources to learn more about the subject areas that interest him or her greatly.

October 11, 2012

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. - A suicidal girl who was allowed to be shuttled between homes with sex offenders. Reports of suspected child abuse and neglect left ignored. A child protection worker convicted of felony child abuse.

Those are among a raft of problems cited by a senior clinical psychologist who contends that social services administered by Spirit Lake Nation are mired in mismanagement that endangers abused and neglected children. "Dozens of cases" over the past five years where tribal officials illegally removed children from homes without tribal court authorization. Former social services employees have told The Forum that foster children were returned to dangerous homes where they were, in the past, subjected to abuse or neglect.

April 16, 2012

She came into their lives one day after her first birthday and in fragile health. Three months later, the child was abruptly taken away.

Shannon and Tim Laney have four kids but decided they wanted to have a foster child. They were selected to care for a little girl from the Spirit Lake Nation in northeast North Dakota. Betty Jo Krenz, who worked as a foster child case manager for Spirit Lake Tribe, says the girl thrived during the time she spent with the Laneys.

April 15, 2012

by Mara Van Ells

The annual North Dakota Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference is a chance for those who care about Native American children to come together and learn.

The conference is in its 11th year and more than 200 child protection workers, people in human services and juvenile justice departments, teachers and foster parents are in attendance, said program director Sandy Bercier. The event wraps up Friday. For the second year in a row, a panel of four Native American women who had been through the foster care system answered questions, shared personal experiences and gave advice.

February 3, 2012

by Nikki McAlpin

We've all experienced holidays without family present, but we've been able to write, send gifts or visit them via telephone. This is not the case with abducted children.

Family contact might thwart SS's master plan of brainwashing children to believe their parents don't care. They go months with no physical contact with parents, family friends, and no verbal or written connection. What damage is this doing to the mind of a vulnerable child or teenager? It has to be detrimental!

January 1, 2012

A North Dakota rancher said he shot and killed a mountain lion on his front porch after arriving home to find the animal had killed four of his cats.

Ed Tarnavsky of Grassy Butte said he arrived home shortly after sundown Wednesday and discovered four of his cats had been killed and a mountain lion was on his porch, The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday. Tarnavsky said he retrieved his .22 pistol and shot the animal.

December 23, 2011

The first mountain lion trapped at Theodore Roosevelt National Park recently as part of a joint study died before she could be collared, officials said.

The lion is believed to have had a cub, he said Tuesday. "The individual who was doing our lion study had a trail (camera) picture the day before of a mountain lion with a younger cat with it," he said.

November 24, 2011

by Gatehouse Media, Inc.

Devils Lake, ND - Norman Standish, 38, of Mandaree, N.D, pleaded guilty in United States District Court on Sept. 29 to a charge of child abuse in Indian country.

On April 15, 2010, Standish was caring for a two-month-old foster child. Standish shook the child, which resulted in an injury to the child's head and brain. The child required hospitalization for several weeks.

October 7, 2011

The state Department of Human Services says it has received $80,320 from the federal government for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.

State officials say 121 children were adopted from North Dakota's foster care system during the last federal fiscal year, compared with 113 during the previous year. They say North Dakota is among 38 states and Puerto Rico sharing in $35 million in adoption incentive awards.

The Dickinson Press

July 16, 2011

by David Brody

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, one of Washington's brightest stars, recently decided against running for president he says in order to make a greater impact in the U.S. Senate.

"There is a battle to be waged over what kind of country we are going to leave our children and grandchildren and that battle is happening now in Washington, not two years from now," Thune has what a lot of people want in a presidential candidate. But his sights aren't on the White House - at least for now.

April 11, 2011

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the first mountain lion of the season has been killed, in Dunn County.

The 2- to 3-year-old adult female weighing about 85 pounds was shot Sept. 27 in the Killdeer Mountains. The mountain lion season runs through March 31.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead

October 5, 2010

by Samantha Mehrotra

More people looking for work, more people coming to town-it's all putting more stress on the county's social services.

May is National Foster Care Month, so Social Services is trying to raise awareness and bring attention to the issue.


May 20, 2010

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man accused of breaking the arm of his 3-month-old daughter has rejected a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Balek earlier pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse. He was prepared to change his plea to guilty but changed his mind at a hearing Wednesday.

The Jamestown Sun

August 27, 2009

by Women's Prison Association

The Women's Prison Association (WPA) has released the first-ever national report on prison nursery programs. The report examines the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S.

These programs allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time. The report finds that the number of prison-based nursery programs is growing, but that such programs are still relatively rare.


July 13, 2009

Forms: Tribal Liaison: Department of Human Services: State of North Dakota Source: Indian Child Welfare Act: A Manual for North Dakota Practitioners

The following information and forms are helpful for social work professionals, tribal workers, attorneys, and others dealing with adoptions or placements involving American Indian children.

September 15, 2006

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by Annette Hall

Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.


May 15, 2010

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