Working Together

Building Families to Last a Lifetime

Adults Adopting Special Kids (AASK) is North Dakota's program providing adoption services to children in foster care and the families who adopt them. 

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Change the Lives of Children Today

Children in the AASK program are in need of a loving, permanent family to call their own. All the kids have been in foster care. They are unique with special concerns - they may be older, of a minority race, in a sibling group to be placed together, or may have physical, emotional or psychological needs.

They are special kids looking for a home of their own.

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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                                                     Isaac Karikari, PhD

Associate Professor                                                    Assistant Professor

Department of Social Work                                         Department of Social Work

College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines             College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines

University of North Dakota                                         University of North Dakota

701.777.5633                                                            701.777.4869