Welcome to the Family

The ND Post Adopt Network is a service that provides support to families who have adopted from foster care, infant adoption, international adoption, other domestic adoptions, and to families who provide guardianship to a child in their home.
ND Post Adopt Network is a support system that offers a wide array of services and is completely free to you and your family. One extremely important component of any adoption or guardianship is the support network that families have as their child/ren continues to develop.
ND Post Adopt Network offers support groups in Fargo, Wahpeton, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Bismarck, Minot, Williston, and Dickinson. ND Post Adopt Network offers information and referral to various service providers such as adoption competent therapists, offers monthly events for the family, provides trainings for parents, hosts summer camps and winter retreats for the whole family, and much more! Our Post Adopt Coordinators are here to support you through your adoption journey. You are not alone!


In late August, we will launch the North Dakota Permanency Survey.  The survey will help build knowledge to be used to improve the experiences of families formed through guardianship or adoption.

Your participation is voluntary and confidential. Throughout this survey, we will be asking about children who joined your family through adoption or guardianship.  You will have the option to answer the survey questions about as many of your children as you choose.  All responses will be de-identified and combined with responses from other parents and guardians completing the survey. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services, the ND Post Adopt Network, and the University of North Dakota adapted this survey from a survey that was created by the Vermont Department for Children and Families, Lund, the Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation, the University of Vermont, and The University of Texas-Austin. The survey was developed to help us learn from the experiences of families formed through adoption or guardianship by:

  • Understanding the strengths of families that are doing well
  • Understanding what type of services or supports families prefer
  • Understanding when and how best to support families
  • Making services and supports easier to access
  • Identifying and resolving challenges families have in getting the help they need

One parent/caregiver per family is welcome to complete the survey.  At the end of the survey, you will be directed to a link where you can claim a $10 gift card as a thank you for your time.

Questions about the survey should be directed to:

Yi-Ping Hsieh, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Social Work
College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines
University of North Dakota

Isaac Karikari, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work
College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines
University of North Dakota

All I needed was for someone to really hear me.

A North Dakota Mom

Thank you for asking the hard questions and teaching us a new way of parenting.

A North Dakota Dad

Meeting other adoptive families has been a life saver!

A North Dakota Family

Because of this service, our family is together. THANK YOU!

A North Dakota Mom

Maintaining and enhancing adoptive and guardianship families’ well-being by providing a network of supportive and responsive resources.