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Hughes County Victim Advocate Recognized for Years of Service

Denise Richards (red dress) was recognized by Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center, a department of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital and partner agency to Capital Area United Way, at this year’s Pierre Area Charitable Organizations Philanthropy Luncheon. As the Victim Advocate for the Hughes County State’s Attorney’s […]

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First Spouses Convene in Wisconsin to Discuss Trauma-Informed Care

We now know that childhood trauma changes the bodies and brains of children, and the way they approach life. Trauma, if left untreated, impacts physical and mental health, social connections, and even lifespan. Understanding what has happened in a person’s past, and helping them see the connection […]

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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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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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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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The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota

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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