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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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

2023/2024 Prevention Resource Guide:

The Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organization in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development.

Division of Child Protection Services

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.

Common Sense Parenting Program

The Common Sense Parenting Program is a six-week program for parents of children aged three to late adolescence. The program provides a step-by-step guide to assist parents build strong, healthy families and to make their home more peaceful, enjoyable, and safe for the whole family.

Safe Havens in South Dakota

Safe Havens in South Dakota

State law in South Dakota allows a parent to voluntarily leave their baby with a hospital or child placement agency if the child is less than 60 days old and is left unharmed. This person will not be required to provide their name, the other parent’s name, or any other information.

Administration for Children & Families, Child Maltreatment

Administration for Children and 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.

Child Care Assistance Program

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

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.

  • Seatbelts and Child Safety Seats
  • Impaired Driving Information
  • Teen Drivers
  • Pedestrian and Bike Safety

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

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; to establish network, support and train families, caregivers and professionals.

Period of Purple Crying

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 Parent Helpline - National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds 855.4APARENT (855.427.2736).