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Nexus-PATH Foster Parent
Our Approach to Fostering

When family systems break down or a crisis occurs, we’re here to help. We work tirelessly to make sure every child is cared for in a safe and secure home—whether they need short-term care while a family is in transition or a permanent place to call their own.

Learn how we keep kids safe and help families heal.

 

How to Become a Foster Parent

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Foster Care FAQs

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Our Foster Care Services

Treatment Foster Care

For children and youth (ages 0-21) that have a mental health diagnosis involving severe emotional and behavioral problems, we provide safe, specially equipped foster homes that have the skills and resources to meet their complex needs. Our Treatment Foster Care families are trained and certified in medication management, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care, and they’re focused on helping foster youth build healthy relationships and develop valuable life skills. Nexus-PATH case workers support these families by providing treatment consultation and behavioral management support. In addition, we use a full team approach to help address the ongoing impact of any functional disabilities and/or past trauma. Our treatment foster families collaborate closely with a Nexus-PATH case worker, the child’s custodian, and other service providers to ensure the best care for each individual child.

Regular Foster Care

We help ensure that youth who are in the child welfare system (from birth through age 21) have their physical, emotional, and social needs met on a daily basis in a family setting—until they’re reunited with their own family or another permanent option is arranged. Our Regular Foster Care families are paired with a Nexus-PATH social worker who knows the family well and understands how they can best help children in their home. These families provide a lower level of care than our Treatment Foster Care homes. Youth in Regular Foster Care do not need to have a mental health diagnosis in order to receive services through Nexus-PATH.

Intensive Treatment Foster Care

For youth who struggle with higher levels of aggressive, sexually problematic, and/or autism spectrum behaviors, we provide dedicated care with trained, experienced foster parents. These foster parents have only one youth per home and are able to provide the individualized care the child needs to be successful. In each of our Intensive Treatment Foster Care homes, one parent is a stay-at-home parent and is available to participate in all appointments and meetings for the child. Youth in these homes are also assigned a Behavioral Skills Worker as an extension of their therapist.

Transition and Assessment Bed Program

For youth transitioning out of psychiatric residential care, group care, or hospitalization–and other youth with the most complex behavioral health issues—Nexus-PATH has developed an innovative program called TAP. Youth in this assessment program stay with foster parents who’ve been specially trained to identify specific behaviors and needs and who can help guide our team as we plan the best course of care for each child.

Specialized Family Care

The period of time when a young person is transitioning out of care at the Youth Correctional Center (YCC) is critically important. To help ensure success for these youth, we match them with foster families who can support them with the adjustments and transition while they work toward living in their permanent home. Our Specialized Family Care program thoughtfully balances and integrates the activities a youth is familiar with—such as school, community activities, and continued treatment—with the more unstructured, permanent realities of home. This program allows each youth to progress at their own pace and settle into a more integrated lifestyle, as they are ready.

Independent Living Services

Nationally, youth who exit foster care are 47% more likely to experience homelessness than their peers, and 25% of these young people will be incarcerated within two years of exiting care. Our Independent Living Program challenges these statistics by preparing youth to leave foster care with the resources and skills they’ll need to live successfully as adults. Our Independent Living Coordinators work with youth who are preparing to exit North Dakota’s foster care system to help them find employment, housing, and/or education, including earning or finding housing deposits, shopping for furniture and necessities, and other tasks required to set up for success. We help these youth learn how to manage their money, navigate or find transportation, and build healthy interdependent skills. For many youth, our coordinators are their only tie to a trustworthy, mature, stable adult. This relationship serves a much greater purpose than simply securing the necessities of independent living—it’s a safety net for those who don’t have one and a springboard toward success in adulthood.

Our Therapists

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Nicole Brown, LMSW

Therapist

Nicole joined the Minot Nexus-PATH office as a therapist in February of 2020. Nicole graduated from the University of North Dakota with her bachelor's degree in Social Work and received her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas but being a native North Dakotan, she's always found her way back to the state. Nicole has ten years of experience in child welfare in various roles, primarily focusing on foster care. She loves reading, running, and spending time with her husband and four kids. 

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Shawna Croaker, LCSW

Therapist and Clinical Program Supervisor

Shawna has over 18 years of local experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. She received her BA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Nexus-PATH, Shawna was the Director of the Children’s Consultation Network for 10 years, where she provided therapeutic services to young children and their caregivers and advocated for prevention and early intervention services.

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Tracey Klobuchar, LMSW

Therapist

Tracey received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2009 and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in 2017. Tracey has worked at Nexus-PATH since 2012 in a variety of foster care roles prior to joining the clinic. She also has prior experience working in school settings, college counseling, and juvenile justice.  Tracey loves her Minnesota summers at the lake, as well as exploring and learning about new places and people. She also enjoys knitting, cooking, and gardening.

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Amanda Logan, LCSW

Therapist

Amanda joined Nexus-PATH in 2015 with 12 years of local experience providing mental health and therapeutic support to children, and 5 years of experience as a Crisis Services Mental Health Practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict and her master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas – St. Catherine University MSW program. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading and spending time at the lake with her wife and their dog, Moose. She loves a good rummage sale and enjoys traveling.

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Moose

Certified Therapy Dog

Moose recently joined our clinic team after completing her training through the FM Dog Obedience School in Moorhead, Minnesota. She works with her owner, Amanda Logan, LCSW, to support children and youth in their therapy work (upon request and approval). Moose understands the courage it requires to face one’s fears, as she has weathered many scary thunderstorms. A true professional, Moose’s passion for helping others is as unwavering as her love for treats.

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Heather Simonich, MA, LPC

Operations Director and Therapist

Our Clinic Administrator

Heather has been leading the team at Nexus-PATH Family Healing since 2015. In addition to her work with Nexus-PATH, she routinely provides trauma-informed care training and consultation to child-serving organizations across North Dakota. Her previous experience includes 14 years with the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, as well as time spent working as the Program Coordinator and Trainer for the Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Most recently, Heather collaborated with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to create a professional development curriculum for elementary educators that are now being provided to school districts across the state. Heather has also published professional manuscripts on topics related to child traumatic stress. She is a 2012 Bush Leadership Fellow and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Nexus-PATH Family Healing

1202 Westrac Drive, Suite 400
Fargo, ND 58103
701-280-9545
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Our Locations

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Administrative Office

1202 Westrac Drive, Suite 400 Fargo, ND 58103
701-280-9545

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Bismarck Office

600 South 2nd Street, Suite 220 Bismarck, ND 58504
701-224-9611

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Devils Lake Office

1820 East Walnut Street, Suite 5 Devils Lake, ND 58301
701-662-4913

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Dickinson Office

1674 15th Street West, Suite 3 Dickinson, ND 58601
701-225-3310

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Fargo

1202 Westrac Drive, Suite 100 Fargo, ND 58103
701-280-9545

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Grand Forks Office

4324 University Ave Suite C Grand Forks, ND 58203
701-775-7725

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Jamestown Office

300 2nd Avenue NE, Suite 202 Jamestown, ND 58401
701-251-9150

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Minot Office

1425 21st Avenue NW, Suite A Minot, ND 58703
701-839-8887

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Turtle Mountain/Belcourt Office

P.O. Box 1970 Belcourt , ND 58316
701-447-0525

Nexus-PATH Family Healing Williston Office

1319 2nd Ave West, Suite 104 Williston, ND 58801
701-572-7650