On Aug. 17, 2020, North Dakota received approval of its Family First Title IV-E Prevention Services and Programs Plan from the federal Children’s Bureau. The plan allows the state to access federal Title IV-E funding for front-end prevention services to divert children from entering foster care.

North Dakota was the seventh state in the country to receive approval of its plan. States are required to create a Title IV-E prevention plan as part of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.

In addition, in October 2019, North Dakota became one of the first 11 states to implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. One large piece of the federal legislation was the transformation of residential child care facility providers into qualified residential treatment providers.  

Prior to implementation, North Dakota held informational meetings with stakeholders, held training for providers, public agencies and other partners, created rules and policy, and completed program planning. Details appear below.

  • See the implementation announcement press release HERE.

Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) Information



Resources from Nov. 15, 2018 Informational Meeting

The North Dakota Department of Human Services held an informational meeting on Nov. 15, 2018, on the Family First Prevention Services Act. Below are resources from the meeting.

Presentation Recordings

Meeting Resources

Contact Information

Children and Family Services
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Department 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2316
Toll-Free: (800) 245-3736
Relay ND TTY: 711
Fax: (701) 328-3538