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 annual conferences ever since with nationally renowned presenters. The NDFBSA is a non-profit organization.