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March Spotlight on Advocacy and Prevention

February flew by… here’s a quick peak at what Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center and Children’s Home Society is up to and what’s around the corner. March 2017 Spotlight on Advocacy and Prevention

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USD Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Search Committee is in the midst of interviewing candidates for the Director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment position. Candidates were screened, and following telephone interviews were narrowed down for in-person interviews. Candidates will not only meet with the Search Committee but will […]

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Introducing BACA in South Dakota

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. The organization is a body of bikers who seek to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. Working in conjunction with local and […]

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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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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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