Agassiz Valley social Services district Frequently Asked Questions

Aging Services Program:

Question: Whom do I contact to become a qualified service provider?
Answer: Contact Agassiz Valley Social Services District and speak with the Aging Services Case Manager at 701.636.5220.

Question: What can I do to get homemaker help for a family member? Whom do I contact?
Answer: Contact Agassiz Valley Social Services District and speak with the Aging Services Case Manager at 701.636.5220.

Question: Whom do I contact about a neighbor who seems to need help taking care of themselves?
Answer: Contact Agassiz Valley Social Services District and speak with the Aging Services Case Manager at 701.636.5220.

Children and Family Services Programming

Question: Can I leave my child home alone?
Answer: See the chart below.

Child Supervision Guidelines

The ultimate responsibility for the safety, care, well-being and behavior of dependent children remains with the parent or caregiver, whether they are present to personally supervise them or not.

The age of the child is not the only factor that should be considered when children are left alone. Other factors include the maturity of the child, emotional health factors and the child's physical or cognitive limitations.

Age of Child Left Alone for
Two Hours or
Less
Left Alone for
More Than
Two Hours
Left Alone
Overnight
Outside
Unattended
Left in Car Unattended for
Limited Time
Child Provides
Care for Other
Children
Newborn -
Age 4
No No No No Yes, except in hot or cold weather; must be in view of caregiver and in a restraint; keys removed and emergency brake applied No
Age 5-6 No No No Yes, playground or yard with immediate access (visual sight or hearing distance) to supervision Yes, except in hot or cold weather; must be in view of caregiver and in a restraint; keys removed and emergency brake applied No
Age 7-8 No No No Yes, with access to supervision Yes, except in hot or cold weather; keys removed and emergency brake applied No
Age 9 Yes, during daytime hours No No Yes Yes, keys removed and emergency brake applied No
Age 10-11 Yes, with ready access (phone number to an adult supervisor) Yes, during hours before curfew No Yes Yes, keys removed and emergency brake applied No
Age 12-14 Yes Yes, during hours before curfew No Yes Yes Yes (child care classes recommended)
Age 15-
High School Graduation
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Question: Does my child need to be in a car seat?
Answer: See https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx.

Question: What is child abuse and neglect?
Answer: See http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t50c25-1.pdf?20130719105013.

Question: How can I become a foster parent?
Answer: Contact Agassiz Valley Social Services District at 701.636.5220 and ask to speak with a foster care licensor.

Question: How can I adopt a child?
Answer: Call the Adults Adopting Special Kids (A.A.S.K.) Agency in Grand Forks, N.D. at 701.775-4196 or Fargo, N.D. at 701.235.4457.

Question: How can I find a licensed day care for my child?
Answer: Contact Agassiz Valley Social Services District at 701.636.5220 and ask to speak with a early childcare services licensor.