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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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‘Twas a year for progress and for scandals in Pierre

‘Twas a year for progress and for scandals in Pierre

Here are just some of the folks who had noteworthy roles in state government during 2015. Marty Guindon — The state’s auditor general and staff at the Department of Legislative Audit conducted the first review of the GEAR UP program and found trouble. Sen. Mike Vehle — […]

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Jolene’s Law Task Force Update

Jolene’s Law Task Force Update

Jolene’s Law Task Force is to be commended. All too often people seek simple answers to complicated problems. Not this time. Over the past year and a half, with the leadership of Senator Deb Soholt, the child abuse professionals and legislators on the Task Force have gathered […]

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CACSD invites you to explore our new website!

CACSD invites you to explore our new website!

The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota (CACSD) invites you to explore our new website. Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the site is compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices. A search function enhances its […]

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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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