foster care

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity raises wall for Benjamin family

"We've never had something stable like that to call ours."

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR) — From foster care to home ownership. With the help of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, the Benjamin family will soon get to call this house a home. “It represents home and I know that’s probably a normal thing, but I think home to me is a family unit. Somewhere we all can call our own place….

LIVE: Woman Hopes To Find Homes For Foster Children By Sharing Her Family’s Foster Care Story

May is National Foster Care Month

  A Grand Forks woman says her life followed a path she never thought it would. But now she wants to use her experience to help kids who need loving, stable homes. When Ashley Rae Klinger and her husband experienced infertility, they found a different way to start a family. The adopted a son and became foster parents. The couple…

Foster parents appear in court in connection to death of 5-year-old Raven Thompson

Erich Longie Jr. and Tammy Longie are being charged with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury to a victim younger than 18 and two counts of simple assault

FARGO, N.D. –Erich Longie Jr. and Tammy Longie were taken into custody by the FBI on Friday in connection with the May 6th death of one of their foster children, Raven Thompson. “We believe that as a matter of public safety that the defendants needed to be taken into custody immediately,” said U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley. According…

$1 Million Dollar Bond Set For Barnesville Foster Mom

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KFGO) – Bond has been set at $1 million without conditions, or $500,000 with conditions for a Barnesville woman accused of killing a foster child in her care. Thirty-five-year-old Kellie Jo Anderson made her first court appearance Wednesday in Clay County District Court. Anderson is charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors say the young boy was “blue and lifeless”…

Barnesville Couple’s Foster Care License Suspended after Child Death

The suspension went into effect on April 25.

BARNESVILLE, N.D.–A Barnesville couple’s foster care license has been suspended after a child in their care was hospitalized with serious injuries and later died. Kyle and Kellie Anderson provided child foster care at 1001 9th Street Southeast in Barnesville. On April 23, Kellie Anderson was taken into custody by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after one of her foster children…

LIVE: Meeting The Need For Foster Care During COVID-19

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Hosting Zoom Meeting For Prospective Foster Parents

  The work doesn’t stop when it comes to finding foster parents for kids who need them, even during a Pandemic. Nexus-PATH Family Healing, formerly known as PATH North Dakota, is using Zoom to help people learn more about potentially becoming foster parents. They’re hosting an informational meeting Tuesday, April 21st from 8:30 to 9:30 on the video conferencing app….

LIVE: An Easy PATH To Be A Foster Parent

PATH North Dakota Looking To Fill Critical Need For Foster Parents

  You can help a child make it through an incredibly difficult time as a foster parent. PATH North Dakota is on the lookout for the people with big hearts and a place for a child in their home. The group is hosting an informational meeting for its foster care program this Thursday night, January 23rd from 6-7 p.m. at…

Father Sentenced For Leaving Son Alone In Woods As Punishment

32-year-old Gregory Wilson was sentenced for gross misdemeanor child neglect

ST. PETER, MN — A St. Peter, Minnesota man has been sentenced to one month in jail for leaving his 5-year-old son alone in the woods as punishment. 32-year-old Gregory Wilson was sentenced for gross misdemeanor child neglect. He pleaded guilty in May. Authorities say Wilson and his girlfriend abandoned the boy in a wooded area south of St. Peter…

Thousands of Kids Need Foster Care in Minnesota & North Dakota

Nearly 17,000 kids needed social assistance in Minnesota. while 1,050 registered in North Dakota

MOORHEAD, Minn. — For the last few years, social workers have struggled to find families to accommodate a growing number of foster kids. “A lot of those kids are waiting because we don’t have places to put teenage kids or sibling groups, and it’s hard for us to find homes that can take that many kids because a lot of our…

Sen. Heitkamp Hosts Discussion With Families Affected By Opioids

Many grandparents are raising grandchildren because their biological parents aren't able to

FARGO, N.D. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp hosted a discussion to hear from grandparents who are taking care of grandchildren because their biological parents aren’t able to. The opioid epidemic, suicides, and other issues have left many parents unable to take care for their children. Heitkamp introduced a bill that would help caregivers deal with the challenges of caring for children, especially…