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The Sanford Health Dakota Children's Advocacy Center is a program that is committed to improving the response to child abuse. We are a community partnership that utilizes a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to investigating child abuse.

Benefits of the Children's Advocacy Center

  • Child friendly atmosphere
  • Unbiased third party
  • No charge for services
  • Specially-trained forensic interviewer
  • Specialized medical practitioners
  • Video-taped interview
  • Expert court testimony
  • Multidisciplinary team approach
  • Reduces the number of child interviews
  • Effective mental health referrals
  • Shorter caseworker response times
  • Lengthier investigations
  • More investigative contact
  • More perpetrator departures form the home
  • More perpetrator confessions
  • More frequent victim corroboration
  • More substantiated reports
  • More criminal prosecutions
  • More guilty pleas
  • Digital colposcope


Because families sometimes come from far away, an overnight stay is available at the Ronald McDonald House, 609 N. Seventh St., Bismarck. 

Families are asked to pay $20 per room per night if they're financially able. Payments can be made weekly or at checkout. Rooms are available on first-come, first-served basis.

Check-in is from 9 a.m.—8 p.m. and check-out is from 9 a.m.—3 p.m. To be eligible, families must:

Have a hospital or clinic referral
Have a patient who is:
  • 18 or younger
  • 19 to 22 years old if financially eligible
  • An adult having a high-risk pregnancy
  • Live more than 30 miles from Bismarck
  • Have at least one registered guest who is 18 years of age or older