North Dakota Family Based Services Association (NDFBSA) began at an organizational meeting on March 23, 1987. The initial membership included: Bert Bailey, Dakota Boys Ranch; Pat Podoll, Morton County Social Services; Rita Fox, Burleigh County Social Services; Roger Johnson, UND Children and Family Service Center; and Paul Ronningen, DHS Administrator for Intensive Home-Based Services. This group of like-minded individuals began to organize the association and plan the first conference in January 1988.
Today, the NDFBSA has grown to over three hundred members and a Board of Directors with four active standing committees. The Board of Directors presents annual awards for outstanding contributors. The NDFBSA has proudly hosted conferences ever since with nationally renowned presenters.