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History of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

History of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2015 April is National Child Abuse Month! Learn a little about the history of how it came to be. (Content from Child Welfare Information Gateway.) Increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the passage of the […]

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Congratulations to the recipients of NASW South Dakota Chapter 2015 ANNUAL AWARDS

Congratulations to the recipients of NASW South Dakota Chapter 2015 ANNUAL AWARDS

March 27, 2015 Each year NASW-South Dakota Chapter honors social workers and friends of social work for their outstanding work, achievements, and promotion of social work values.  The 2015 awards were presented at the annual conference:   Social Worker of the Year – Megan McPherson This award […]

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Your Voices Were Heard!

Your Voices Were Heard!

March 10, 2015 On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the South Dakota House State Affairs committee pulled the plug on Jolene’s Law Task Force. The public response was one of outrage and angry citizens started contacting their legislators asking for their support allowing Jolene’s Law Task Force to continue. Jolene […]

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Jolene’s Law Task Force Update

Jolene’s Law Task Force Update

March 9, 2015 On Monday the SD House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass an improvement to the South Dakota Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting Statute. Senate Bill 70 changes current law that allows personnel of hospitals and schools to report suspected child abuse to their supervisor. The […]

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Spotting the signs of sexual abuse: Women work to educate parents

Spotting the signs of sexual abuse: Women work to educate parents

As seen in the Rapid City Journal on March 7, 2015. March 7, 2015  Even the most educated and vigilant parents can find themselves lost, scared and misinformed when it comes to dealing with sexual abuse and their child. That uncertainty is why the Child Advocacy Center […]

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CSDCAC Awarded Spirit of United Way Partner Agency Award

CSDCAC Awarded Spirit of United Way Partner Agency Award

February 26, 2015 Congratulations to The Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center (CSDCAC), a department of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, for winning the Spirit of United Way Partner Agency Award. From Left: Tarrah De-Hueck, Patient/Family Advocate; Teresa Cass, Child Abuse Medical Provider; Angela Lisburg, Child Assessment Center Coordinator and Jennifer Gray, Forensic Interviewer. Not pictured: Desiray Nelson, Program Assistant and […]

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Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K

Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K

February 23, 2015 The 3rd annual Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K will be held on Saturday, April 25th, starting at the SD Discovery Center in Pierre, SD with a 9 AM race start time.  This event, held during National Child Abuse Prevention month, is to bring awareness of our […]

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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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