September 12, 2012

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 or elderly individual. 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.

“We look for family members first and foremost to care for those who are found in an unsafe environment,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of the Department of Social Services. “Families serve as the primary source of love, identity and support.”

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 and elderly individuals in South Dakota.

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


Click here to view the Governor's proclamation.