Audit of ND Dept of Human Services shows knowledge of inappropriate activities by caregivers

Published 08/25 2016 10:10AM

Updated 08/25 2016 10:10AM

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An Audit of the North Dakota Department of Human Services shows the agency allowed child care providers to continue to operate despite having knowledge of inappropriate activities.

The State Auditor's office faults the Department of Human Services for not properly monitoring or suspending providers.
They are also at fault for not notifying parents of situations that jeopardized the health and safety of children.
The audit found some providers were allowed to operate even though the department was aware of activities that included "inappropriate touching from adults," use of illegal drugs by the provider and "inappropriate sexual play between children"

The North Dakota Department of Human Services issued this statement, saying that county social service offices, take the safety of children seriously.
They say the audit looked at a small number of files, which were not a representative sample of all provider files.
They say The department administers child care licensing according to state law.
They go on to say the department values external review of operations, and they continually strive to identify opportunities to further strengthen services and programs.

Parents are encouraged to contact Child Care Aware for tips on selecting licensed child care providers, and can also contact county social service office child care licensors for information on provider licensing history.

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