Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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September 1, 2015

September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the month of September as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota to recognize the many families who have opened their homes to care for their kin in times of need.

Kinship care is a living situation in which a relative takes primary responsibility for the care of a family member, most often a child. Kinship care enables family members to live with people they know and trust, provides a sense of hope and reinforces the family member’s sense of personal and cultural identity.

“Our first priority is to locate family members to care for children who find themselves in an unsafe situation,” said Lynne A. Valenti, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Social Services. “Families provide a safe, nurturing and familiar environment for children.”

The month of September continues as a time to honor and recognize kinship care, promoting awareness to those who play a valuable role in supporting children in South Dakota.

To learn more about kinship care, contact your local Department of Social Services office or visit