STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Child services proposal rejected
I've been too busy to blog lately, so I'm catching up. Here was Friday's story:
BISMARCK Parents gave tearful testimony Thursday as they told state lawmakers about social services taking their chil... Posted on 9/19/10 at 8:58 AM
Mark Little Owl, hired in mid-August by the Spirit Lake Tribe to restore its embattled social services department, will not continue as director after the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs takes over the department on Oct. 1, he confirmed Friday.
By Chuck Haga , Forum Communications
, September 24, 2012
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., huddled here Friday with Spirit Lake tribal leaders and urged them to act fast and openly to resolve deficiencies in the tribe’s social services program, under fire recently for allegedly leaving children at risk.
By Chuck Haga, Forum Communications
, September 08, 2012
North Dakota county officials want the state to take over the delivery of social services programs, including federal Medicaid and food stamps, saying counties can no longer afford to do it.
The North Dakota County Commission Association is seeking a two-year study of the idea starting in 2011, the year of the next legislative session.
Its resolution says counties would contribute up to 15 mills of property taxes each.
Children who are removed from their homes due to drug issues in Stutsman County now have Bags of Love to take with them into foster care.
Em Burkett, child welfare supervisor at Stutsman County Social Services, said there are currently about 20 children in foster care and that’s been the average for the last few years. Many have to leave their homes with nothing — not a toy or even a toothbrush.
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