Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Division of Child Protection Services provides parents the assistance they need to help keep their children safe through: parent training programs, parenting support services, assessment of child safety though receipt of child abuse and neglect reports, foster and kinship care, adoption services and child welfare agency licensing services.

Administration for Children & Families, Child Maltreatment   National and State statistics about child maltreatment are derived from the data collected by child protective services agencies and reported to National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System of the Children’s Bureau. The data are analyzed, disseminated and released in an annual report.

The Division of Child Care Services provides assistance to low income families who need help with child care costs while parents work or attend school. They also provide oversight, technical assistance and support in promoting safe, healthy and caring environments for children through licensing, registration, and quality improvement activities. The availability of quality child care is not only important for maintaining a strong workforce; it is vital for the growth and development of healthy children.

Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety provides public education and support for law enforcement and community efforts to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from traffic crashes.

South Dakota Department of Health - The mission of the SD Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health and well-being of all South Dakotans.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome - The mission is to prevent shaken baby syndrome through the development and implementation of education, programs, public policy and research; toe establish network, support and train families, caregivers and professionals.

Period of Purple Crying is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time.

National Parent Helpline - National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds 1.855.4APARENT (1.855.427.2736).

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