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Hughes County Victim Advocate Recognized for Years of Service

Denise Richards (red dress) was recognized by Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center, a department of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital and partner agency to Capital Area United Way, at this year’s Pierre Area Charitable Organizations Philanthropy Luncheon. As the Victim Advocate for the Hughes County State’s Attorney’s […]

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Child’s Voice Hosts 17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

On October 6, Sanford Child’s Voice held its 17th annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference with over 400 attendees. This annual conference brings together physicians, forensic interviewers, nurses, social workers, law enforcement, child protective services, mental health counselors and other community partners for a day filled […]

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First Spouses Convene in Wisconsin to Discuss Trauma-Informed Care

We now know that childhood trauma changes the bodies and brains of children, and the way they approach life. Trauma, if left untreated, impacts physical and mental health, social connections, and even lifespan. Understanding what has happened in a person’s past, and helping them see the connection […]

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Critical response services for child maltreatment now under one roof in Northeastern SD

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The Northeast Respond, Educate, Advocate, Counsel, Heal Multidisciplinary Team, known in short as REACH MDT, opened its doors August 22, bringing critical child maltreatment response services together in one location for the first time in northeast South Dakota. Operating at the Sanford Health Child’s […]

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REACH Team Prepares for Watertown Open House

On Tuesday, October 3, the Watertown REACH Team will open their clinic doors to its community. The event will occur at the Watertown Sanford Outreach Clinic and will include an address an address from DCI Special Agent Cameron Corey and South Dakota Senator Deb Soholt. This grand […]

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17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

A conference you don’t want to MISS! 17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference Friday, October 6, 2017 This year we will welcome back, Victor Vieth who will be sharing on corroborating evidence. You will learn how to seek evidence in many forms, focus on gleaning evidence from the […]

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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment Strengthens Organizational Structure

The University of South Dakota’s Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) met in Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 15 to discuss updates on the objectives of the 10-year work plan. The advisory board includes representatives from SD Kids Count, DCI, FBI, Children’s Home, Child’s Voice, Central […]

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Legislative Correspondent for Thune’s DC office visits Child’s Voice

Angela Merkle, a Legislative Correspondent for Senator John Thune based out of Washington D.C., visited Child’s Voice on Friday, August 18. This site visit came from an invitation that was extended to Merkle in early June as CACSD visited Senators Thune and Rounds and Representative Noem during […]

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Representative of Senator Mike Rounds’ office visits Child’s Voice

On Tuesday, June 27, Child’s Voice had the opportunity to host Tyler Tordsen, a representative of Senator Mike Rounds’ staff in Sioux Falls. The Director of Child’s Voice, Stacy Weller, was happy to lead the tour, saying, “I love when we are able to share the great […]

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Funding secured for Watertown MDT Pilot Project

In late June, the Chapter heard word from the South Dakota Department of Social Services that it had successfully received funding to support the Watertown MDT Pilot Project. The grant awards the Chapter dollars for the development of the regional MDT model, a broad approach that uses […]

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