Buffalo Bridges Human Services

Mission: Strengthen and empower individuals and families by providing the tools and services necessary to improve their quality of life.

Childcare licensing is required for anyone providing care to more than 5 children or more than 3 infants under 2 years of age. Licensed providers can participate in the Child Care Assistance Program, if they care for children who qualify, and the USDA Food Program. For more information or if interested in becoming a licensed provider please visit https://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childcare/. Parents seeking licensed childcare can access information regarding local providers by accessing the Find Child Care link on the Child Care Aware of North Dakota website at: http://www.ndchildcare.org

Buffalo Bridges Human Service Zone provides the following services:

Child protection

Family foster care

Parent aide

In home case management

Daycare licensing and registration

Aged/Disabled home and community based adult protection

Information and Referral

Economic assistance (SNAP, Medicaid, Child care assistance, and TANF)

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 child welfare 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?

ND has a Central Intake unit for reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. If you have questions, concerns or would like to file a Report of suspected child abuse or neglect, please call (833) 958-3500. You may also file a written report of suspected child abuse or neglect. These forms are located at www.nd.gov and can be located by simply typing in 960 in the search bar.

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?

North Dakota has a Central Intake unit for Aging and Disability services. This is simplifying access to in home and other services. Please call the toll free number 1-855-462-5465 for questions. Please call 845-8521 and you will be directed to a worker.

What economic assistance programs am I eligible for?

Please come in to room 102 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 Samantha Everson about becoming a foster parent in Barnes County. Call 701-952-6850 for more information

How can I become a licensed or self-declared child care provider?

Please call Julie Opp about becoming a licensed or self-declared child care provider in Barnes County. Call 701-269-0863 for more information.

Director: Emeline Burkett
Site Coordinator:Wanda Larson, LBSW
Vice Chairman: Steve Cichos

230 4th St. NW, Room 102
Valley City, ND 58072
701-845-8521 Fax 701-845-8184
Economic Assistance Staff
Economic Assistance Workers:
Cindy Unger
Kristy Wieland
Cathy Metzger
Sarah Rangeloff
Sean Ryan
Kaylene Detwiler
Children and Family Services Staff
Child Welfare Supervisor:
Dana Lindemann, LCSW
Lead Social Worker:
Stephanie Morse, LCSW
Child Welfare Workers:
Carrie Anderson, Family Service Specialist
Kelsey Schumacher, LBSW
Chelsea Benedict, Family Service Specialist
FNU Ahadujjaman, Family Service Specialist
Other Support Staff
Office Assistants:
Becky Compson
Home and Community Based Social Worker:
Sheena Nelson, LBSW

In Home Care Specialist:
Diane Fritchie