Adoption Services

Adopting Through DSS

Becoming an adoptive parent can be a great experience for both the parent and the child. Children who are unable to go back to their homes are in need of a permanent family with a safe and loving home.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an adoptive parent and you are 21 years of age, the first step is to contact a local CPS office.
If you are from the Sioux Falls or Rapid City area, please call one of the below numbers to learn more about becoming an adoptive parent. 

    • Sioux Falls area: (855) 830-5062
    • Rapid City area:  (855) 830-5062

Here are the next steps in adopting a child with DSS:

  • A packet containing information about becoming an adoptive parent will be mailed to those requesting it.
  • Once contact has been made, a Family Services Specialist will explain the needs of children who are placed for adoption and outline the requirements for becoming an adoptive parent.
  • The next step is called a home consultation. A Family Services Specialist will come to your home and discuss the responsibilities and requirements for becoming an adoptive parent in more detail and you will have an opportunity get any questions answered.  During this visit, a home safety checklist is completed.
  • It is now time to attend PRIDE (Parent's Resource for Information, Development and Education) training. During this time, 30 hours of orientation and three or four home visits are required. Learn more about the PRIDE program.
  • A final assessment is done once training has been completed to determine if you meet or are in compliance with adoption approval requirements.  Any needs for continuing education and enhancement skills needed to parent an adopted child are discussed with you. 
  • When the training, home consultations and paperwork are complete and a determination is made that you are in compliance with requirements, you may be approved for adoption.
  • When a child is in need of an adoptive placement resource, the Family Services Specialist matches the needs of the child with the strengths of the approved adoptive families to select a family who can best meet the needs of the child. 
  • Children with DSS waiting for adoption.
  • NOTE: Families who do not reside in the State of South Dakota and are interested in adopting a child in South Dakota can submit a copy of their home study to:
    • Department of Social Services
      Child Protection Services' Adoption Unit
      700 Governors Drive,
      Pierre, SD

Post-adoption services available for adopted children:

Adoption Subsidy
Provides monthly Medicaid and/or financial assistance for children who have special needs. Learn about adoption subsidy

Respite Care
Temporary relief care designed for families of children with special needs. Respite care can range from a few hours of care provided on a one-time basis to overnight or extended care sessions. For all adoptive families, the only eligibility criteria is that a child is adopted.

This service is provided through the South Dakota Department of Human Services. For more information, contact the Department of Human Services at 1-800-265-9684.

Children's Home Society  
Children’s Home Society provides a variety of services to families who have adopted children. Adoption services are specialized to meet the needs of families whose children are having challenging behaviors, attachment issues or other adjustment problems.
For more information, contact Roxie Schmitz at (605) 334-6004.

Services provided include the following:

Assessments:  Assessments guide the development of a service plan for the family and may include the following components:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Social Assessment (child and family)
  • Marschack Interaction Method
  • In-Home Family Dynamics Assessment

Therapy: The location of therapy services is decided by the family. Home-based services for the family are also offered by Children's Home Society.

  • Individual Therapy (child only)
  • Family Therapy
  • Multi Family Therapy -- Parents and child involved in extended family therapy in a multi-family model
  • Group Therapy for Child -- Topic oriented, psycho education therapy groups

Respite Care: This includes child care or supervision at a Children's Home Society residential facility, a licensed foster family or approved adoptive family, or in a group or residential facility for adolescents operated by Lutheran Social Services.


  • Parent Support Group
  • Families’ travel expenses to secure services
  • Training/Therapy Materials
  • Case management to assist families in meeting the unique needs of the children

School Consultation: This includes consultation with Sioux Falls Children’s Home education staff.