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Watertown Regional MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) Update

The Jolene’s Law MDT Pilot Project in Watertown is up and running. A Stakeholders information meeting was held in Watertown in October 2016, and the first meeting of identified Watertown Regional MDT members was held in December 2016. A template for the interagency agreement was introduced. Law […]

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Rapid City Mayor Proclaims Nov 21st Brandi Tonkel Day

Child Advocacy Centers are part of a community response to responding to child abuse.   Child abuse happens… in fact 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.  As a Forensic Interviewer, Brandi fulfills a critical role, conducting expert […]

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What if…? Card Sets from CHS!

Versions available for ages 3-5 and 6-10 CHS staff has been teaching the public how to recognize and respond to child abuse and domestic violence through our Prevention and Training Initiative. During these trainings, held throughout South Dakota, CHS’s Education and Public Awareness Specialist heard from many […]

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History of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the passage of the first Federal child protection legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), in 1974. While CAPTA has been amended many times over the years, most recently […]

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Staff Spotlight: Tifanie Petro, MS

Tifanie Petro, MS currently works full time as an education and public awareness specialist/ forensic interviewer for the Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center in Rapid City, South Dakota serving local, state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions. The Child Advocacy Center is a program of Children’s Home Society. She […]

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‘Wear Blue’ and stand up to child abuse

  As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota (CACSD) is promoting its own “Wear Blue” campaign on Monday, April 4 and will be encouraging South Dakotans to take the initiative to stand up for our children by wearing blue […]

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Update on HB 1247

There are several bills that CACSD has been monitoring this Session and one of them is House Bill 1247. On Monday, February 22, HB 1247 was heard in House State Affairs Committee and tabled at the request of Jenna Quinn.  HB 1247 is based on a Texas […]

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Staff Spotlight: Kirsten Persson, MSW, PA-C,

Kirsten Persson, MSW, PA-C, joined the Sanford Health Child’s Voice team as an advanced practice provider in October 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in social work from Augustana University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Kristen worked as an outpatient behavioral […]

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South Dakota Bills Important to CACSD

The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota (CACSD) is an organization that promotes the development, cultural awareness, growth and support of child advocacy centers and their multi-disciplinary teams in the state of South Dakota through education and training, mentoring, collaboration and advocacy. CACSD is actively supporting HB […]

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Jolene’s Law Task Force “Final” Report and Next Steps

By Casey Murschel, CACSD Chapter Coordinator   The January 2016 Report to the Governor from the Jolene’s Law Task Force isn’t really a final report. “Final” implies the end. The work already done by the Task Force and the recommendations in the report for next steps are […]

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CACSD is a network of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.

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