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SD Legislature Hosts 2018 Children’s Day

On Wednesday, January 31, agencies from across South Dakota gathered in Pierre to celebrate child welfare and educate on the coordinated response to child maltreatment in our state. Over 300 legislators, advocates and citizens attended the 2018 Children’s Day at the Capitol, hosted by the University of South Dakota’s (USD) Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM). CACSD

First Lady Linda Daugaard and Senator Deb Soholt provided remarks over lunch at the event. The First Lady has been a champion of child welfare in the state, having traveled to Wisconsin last fall with Center Director Tanya Fritz and others to learn and discuss the importance of child welfare, specifically the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. Likewise, Senator Soholt continues beyond Jolene’s Law Task Force as an advocate for our movement, serving as the Chair of CPCM’s Advisory Board.

Lunch SponsorsCACSD and CPCM were joined by nine other agencies, including: Sanford Child’s Voice, Children’s Home Society, South Dakota Association of School Psychologists, South Dakota KIDS COUNT, South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, South Dakota SAVIN, Southeastern Directions for Life, UJS CASA Program, and USD Occupational Therapy Department. KSOO published this article following the event.

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