Children and Family Services

Child Protection Services (CPS):
A program to protect the health and welfare of children by encouraging the reporting of known or suspect child abuse or neglect. Social workers conduct assessments of the allegations of child abuse or neglect. Services may be recommended or required depending on the family situations. To make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect you can call Social Services at 701-537-5944 or complete the form located here and mail, fax (537-5417), or drop off the form at our office.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For child protection emergencies after business hours, please contact your local law enforcement agency: McHenry County Sheriff’s department at 701-537-5633 or State Radio at 1-800-472-2121. If there is an emergency situation you can also call 911.

Early Childhood Licensing:
Childcare licensing or self-declaration is required for anyone providing care to more than 5 children or more than 3 infants under 2 years of age. Licensed and approved providers can be paid by childcare assistance and can receive reimbursement for meals from the federal food programs. For more information or if interested in becoming a licensed provider within McHenry County please contact our agency. Parents seeking licensed childcare for their children can access information regarding local providers by accessing the Child Care Aware website at:

ND Health Tracks (formerly EPSDT):
A program designed for children under 21 who have or may have a disability or chronic health condition. The Specialty Care Diagnostic and Treatment Program helps families pay for medical services for that specific condition for eligible children. For more information, click here to visit Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) and/or contact our office.

Wrap Around Case Managment:
A family-centered strength-based philosophy of case management designed to help families develop individualized care plans. Services and supports are tailored to the unique values and cultural need of the chile and family. Wraparound is provided to families with children in out-of-home placement and children at risk of out-of-home placement.

Parent Aide Services:
A service where a para-professional works with families, providing education, hands-on tasks, and support to assist families to strengthen parenting skills adn prevent out-of-home placement of their children or for reunification of children that are in out-of-home placement.

Foster Care:
24-hour substitute care for children placed under the custody of the agency and away from their parents care and responsibility. Foster care provides a safe, secure environment for a child/youth until they can return home or until a permanent home is found. Family, group, residential, or therapeutic settings may be utilized for youth in need of placement. County family foster homes provide for the physical, emotional, and social needs of a youth in a family setting.

Family Foster Care Licensing:
This is a process completed by the county agency and includes a home study, background check, and recommendations. Training is provided using the PRIDE Foster/Adopt model. Inquiries regarding licensing information within McHenry County can be sent to the following email:


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