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SB 70 Strengthens SD Mandatory Reporting Laws

SB 70 Strengthens SD Mandatory Reporting Laws

February 8, 2015 If you ever played the Telephone Game as a child you will remember how a simple phrase can be distorted when passed from one person to another.  In the situation of reporting allegations of child abuse to law enforcement or child protection services, every […]

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Continuing the Work of Jolene’s Law Task Force – SB 71

Continuing the Work of Jolene’s Law Task Force – SB 71

February 8, 2015 The Jolene’s Law Task Force has done an impressive job of gathering data, information and hearing from experts in the field of child sexual abuse.  The fifteen Task Force members had five day long meetings in five months and between meetings met in Working […]

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CACSD in 2014: A Year of Teamwork

CACSD in 2014: A Year of Teamwork

December 9, 2014 What makes child advocacy centers effective in response to child abuse is the core concept of the child advocacy center model – teamwork. Child advocacy centers bring together agency professionals involved in a child abuse case to respond together and put the needs of […]

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Stay Informed with the South Dakota Legislature Website

Stay Informed with the South Dakota Legislature Website

Casey Murschel, Chapter Coordinator, Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota December 8, 2014 As Americans, we have the privilege of having a voice in our government. We also have the responsibility to be informed and participate in the governmental process. Fortunately, in South Dakota we have ready […]

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Area Conference Brings Together Individuals with the Skills and Passion to Do Something About Child Abuse

Area Conference Brings Together Individuals with the Skills and Passion to Do Something About Child Abuse

November 15, 2014 As part of the commitment to the multi-disciplinary team approach, the Child Advocacy Center of the Black Hills hosted their first annual Child Abuse Conference on October 24th in Rapid City, SD. Addressing child abuse is a complex issue involving multiple systems.  When a […]

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CACSD Board Leadership 2014-2016

CACSD Board Leadership 2014-2016

November 14, 2014 CACSD is proud to announce the election of our 2014-2016 CACSD Board leadership.  Congratulations to the newly elected CACSD Board Chair Angela Lisburg from the Avera St. Mary’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center in Pierre, and to Vice-Chair Tanya Fritz from the Children’s […]

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CACSD Chapter Strategic Planning

CACSD Chapter Strategic Planning

November 17, 2014 Representatives from South Dakota’s five Child Advocacy Centers met in Pierre recently for a Chapter Strategic Planning Retreat.  Facilitated by former National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Chapter Development Director Cathy Crabtree, Chapter members came together to chart a course for the future of the CACSD organization in fulfilling […]

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CACSD Members Attend 14th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

CACSD Members Attend 14th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

Over 440 child abuse professionals and students attended the 14th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse conference early in October in Sioux Falls. Attendees learned about the developmental impact of child abuse from Minneapolis Psychologist Mindy Mitnick, were informed about current cyber-crimes, augmented reality/virtual worlds, and cyber-bullying […]

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Why the Medical Examination is a Key Component in Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse

Why the Medical Examination is a Key Component in Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse

October 7, 2014 By Angela A. Lisburg, MS, RN, FNP-C Child Assessment Center Coordinator Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center Avera St. Mary’s Hospital A medical evaluation holds an important place in the multidisciplinary assessment of child abuse. An accurate history is essential in making the medical diagnosis and determining […]

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It’s “Back to School” Time: Seven Tips to Keep Your Child Safer

It’s “Back to School” Time: Seven Tips to Keep Your Child Safer

September 2, 2014 It’s that time when children are going back to school.  Back to school often means your child will be spending more time away from you and interacting with more adults.  Here are a few tips to help keep your child safer during these busy […]

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