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Agassiz Valley Human Service Zone, which oversees the social services departments in Traill and Steele counties, has been asked to take over a statewide program that looks after refugee children.

Kim Jacobson, Agassiz Valley’s director, gave Traill County commissioners on Tuesday a breakdown of a $2.2 million grant that the service zone expects to receive from the North Dakota Department of Human Services in 2022.

The money will cover the costs to hire nine new employees and supplement the salaries of existing social services workers in Traill and Steele counties to oversee the unaccompanied refugee minors program previously administered by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

LSS dissolved earlier this year following a bankruptcy filing, leaving a number of its licensed social workers out of work after decades with the organization.

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