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Social Services

Lake District Social Services: Kari Rinas
Rotating Staff: Val Pederson (, John LaLonde (
Phone: 701-968-435

County Social Service Offices partner with the North Dakota Department of Human Services to provide these programs and services to vulnerable individuals and families in order to promote self-sufficiency and safety.

Services for Qualifying Low-Income Individuals and Families

Determine eligibility for economic assistance programs:

  • Child care assistance

  • Children's Health Insurance Program

  • Energy (heating) assistance

  • Medicaid

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly called Food Stamps)

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Services for Children and Families

Provide direct services for the public child welfare system:

  • Foster care

  • Child protection assessments

  • Family social work

  • Family support and preservation services

  • Licensing studies for child care and foster care

Services for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

Involved in providing these services to older adults and adults with disabilities:

  • Case Management

  • In-home care services such as homemaker services and personal care services

Contact information for County Social Service Offices in the "Lake Region"


Apply for Economic Assistance, SNAP, Medical Assistance, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Fuel Assistance, or have questions regarding the benefits you receive, please call OR visit:

Customer Support Center for Eligibility Services 1-866-614-6005

Apply for Help | Health and Human Services North Dakota

Need an EBT replacement card and your address has not changed, need the balance, have incorrect transactions, please call:  EBT Service Helpline 1-800-630-4655

Need to apply, have questions regarding Adults and Aging Services or need to report a suspected abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult, please call OR visit:

Aging and Disability Central Intake Line 1-855-462-5465

Adults and Aging | Health and Human Services North Dakota

Need to report suspected child abuse and neglect, please call:

Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line 1-833-958-3500

IMPORTANT: If its and EMERGENCY and a child is in immediate DANGER, CALL 9-1-1 NOW.



Inquire to become a ND Foster Care Provider, please call OR visit:

Foster Care Licensing Line: 1-833-378-4663

Foster Care | Health and Human Services North Dakota



For other information, visit: ND Health and Human Services | Health and Human Services North Dakota


ND Department of Human Services

  • Provides direction and oversight of programs such as child welfare services and early childhood services through its regional human service centers.

  • Is responsible for the administration, policy development, training, and distribution of economic assistance program benefits. (County social service offices determine eligibility for economic assistance programs.)

ND Department of Human Services
600 E Boulevard Avenue - Dept 325, Bismarck, ND 58505-0250

701.328.2310, 1.800.472.2622, TTY 701.328.3480


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