Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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Child Protection Services

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The Division of Child Protection Services provides a number of services to support families and children in South Dakota.

Report Child Abuse and Neglect

To report child abuse or neglect, please call 1.877.244.0864. Intake Specialists will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If reporting an emergency situation before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., on the weekends, or during a holiday, please contact your local law enforcement.

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Working together with families in difficult situations by:

  • Receiving and assessing reports of child abuse and neglect.
  • Connecting parents with the needed resources to help increase their ability to keep their children safe.

Training programs are available to:

  • Parents wanting to improve their parenting skills.
  • Foster and adoptive parents to assure availability of qualified placement resources and safety and well-being for children through licensing services

Child and Family Services Plan:

Annual Progress and Service Report