Online Program Applications are now available: ND Applications for Assistance. Applications can also be picked up at the Social Service, Economic Assistance office located at 1010 2nd Avenue South, Fargo.
How do I apply to become a foster parent?
The North Dakota Department of Human Services licenses foster care homes and facilities to maintain a standard of safety and well-being of children in care. For additional information on the process, please see the ND Department of Human Services website.
How do I become a guardian of an adult?
In order to become a guardian, you need to file a petition to the court of the county the individuals lives in. It is recommended to get an attorney to assist in this process.
If you were not born in North Dakota, please contact the records department in the state you were born.
How do I get a food basket?
Referrals are no longer needed to receive a food basket. For additional information and locations, please see the First Link website.
How do I get a replacement EBT (food stamp) card?
Replacement EBT cards can be obtained by visiting the Social Service's Economic Assistance unit located on the 2nd floor of the Annex Building. The address is 1010 2nd Avenue South in Fargo and business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.
When entering the lobby, please select the "Need a Replacement EBT Card" from the kiosk menu. A ticket will be printed and you will be called in the order you were received in the lobby.
How do I get help filling out my application for economic assistance?
The following locations may be able to provide assistance in completing an application:
The General Assistance Burial Program assists with the payment of burial expenses for indigent individuals in which no other means to pay for services is available. To determine if you are eligible for the program, please complete the Burial Assistance Application.
According to ND Law, surviving family members have a responsibility to for burial expenses for their deceased family members. To determine if you are qualify for coverage, please complete the Relative Affidavit Application.
How do I set up an appointment with a Long Term Care worker?
The first step is to complete an application for assistance which can be found at the Department of Human Services website. Applications can also be picked up at the Social Service, Economic Assistance office located at 1010 2nd Avenue South, Fargo.
After the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Economic Assistance screening team who will assign an eligibility worker to the case. The eligibility worker who is assigned will contact the individual to schedule an appointment to review the application and determine eligibility of services.
How long does it take to get an economic assistance application processed?
Each situation is difference, but generally speaking:
Healthcare applications should be processed within 45 days.
All other program applications should be processed within 30 days.
How long does the foster care licensing process take?
Foster Care Licensing can take several months. At times, there is a waiting list to become licensed for foster care, depending on the current need and demand for certain age groups. Applications will be reviewed and placed in order by date received and age group desired. As an individual's name nears the top of the list, they will be contacted to complete background checks and a brief medical health form.
What documents do I need to apply for economic assistance?
Each situation is different. The documents listed below may be required.
Proof of Alien or Citizenship status such as:
Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
Employment Authorization Card (Form I-688A)
Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94)
American Indian/Alaskan Native Tribal Document
Birth Certificate (if born in the United States)
Proof of value of current assets such as:
Real Property (land, rental property, etc.)
Certificates of Deposit
Checking/Savings/Credit Union accounts
Proof of most current expenses such as:
Court-Ordered Payments (child support, spousal support, health insurance premiums)
Medical or Health Insurance Premiums
Heating/Cooling Costs, Homeowners Insurance, House payment/rent, Property Taxes, Phone Bill, etc.
Proof of most current income (last month and this month) such as:
What is the process to get an elderly person into a nursing home?
The process for placing an elderly person into a nursing home can be confusing. The best place to start is by finding out what nursing home facilities have openings. It is also important for the individual to see their family physician to complete the paperwork to determine what level of care the individual will need. The medical professionals should be able to help answer questions and provide additional information.