230 4th St. NW, Room 103
Mission: Strengthen and empower individuals and families by providing the tools and services necessary to improve their quality of life.
Director: Heather M. Pautz, LSW
Barnes County Social Services lobby is located in room 103 on the south side of the first floor of the Barnes County Courthouse.
Economic assistance staff includes: Val Burchill, Cindy Unger, Dirinda Jewett, Cathy Metzger, Gwen Coit, Leah Tangen, and Carolyn Schlenvogt.
Office Assistants: Becky Compson and Eloise Olson.
Early Childhood Licensing Specialist & Liheap worker: Mari Quittshreiber.
Social work staff includes: Heather M. Pautz, Alicia Aune, Lisa Bayley-Neurauter, Candy Huss, and Nicole Lang
Human Service Aids: Katie Pommerer and Samantha Quick
In Home Care Specialist: Diane Fritchie
Barnes County Social Services provides the following services:
Family foster care
Daycare licensing and registration
Children’s special health
Aged/Disabled home and community based adult protection
Information and Referral
General assistance and permanency funds
What are permanency funds?
These are funds available to families with children at risk of out of home placement, homelessness, or other emergency situations. One of the social worker’s can visit with you about your needs and eligibility for these funds.
Who can I file a report of child abuse or neglect with?
You may file a report of suspected child abuse or neglect with any of our social workers at 701-845-8521. They will ask you specific questions about the child, parents, person causing the abuse or neglect, home environment and other areas. Be as specific and clear as possible. Please call local law enforcmeent at 845-3110 if you can not reach us.
Will the person causing the abuse or neglect find out I reported them?
No, unless a judge orders the social worker to reveal the name of the reporter while in court or unless you have given the social worker permission to tell them.
What are home and community based services?
Candy Huss is the social worker designated for these programs and can answer your questions regarding these programs. She can be reached at 701-845-8521
What economic assistance programs am I eligible for?
Please come in to room 103 or call 701-845-8521 to set up an appointment to meet with an intake worker. Only economic assistance case managers can answer your questions about eligibility for food stamps, medical assistance, etc.
How can I become a foster parent?
Please call Lisa Bayley-Neurauter about becoming a foster parent in Barnes County. Call 845-8521 for more information