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Featured Article: Oct. 29, 2019

South Dakota Department of Social Services
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Pierre, SD 57501                                                                                                                                                                  

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Media Contact: Tia Kafka,

Foster Parent Training to Begin in November

PIERRE, S.D. – Foster families of every culture are needed to keep sibling groups together, to keep children and youth in their own communities, and to support the well-being of children in need of a home while their family heals. Prospective foster families are encouraged to attend the upcoming Parent’s Resource for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training in Brookings for families in Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, and Moody counties beginning Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Children and youth in foster care need foster families to provide them with the strength and stability they need to be successful adults,” said Department of Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill. “In addition, foster families provide opportunities for children and youth to stay connected with their families, friends, culture, tribe, school, and community. I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about becoming a foster family to attend the upcoming training in Brookings.”
“Foster Parents play a critical role in ensuring children have a safe, loving, and stable home where they can be cared for while their families heal,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Please consider being a family that opens your heart and your home by becoming a foster family.”

Blended PRIDE training is now available and consists of a combination of classroom training and online training. The training is free, and participants must complete 30 hours of training by attending four classroom sessions and six online sessions. Class sizes are limited, and an initial inquiry process must be completed prior to registration.

Participants must be 21 years of age, financially stable, and have no convictions of crimes involving harm to children, sex crimes, or crimes of violence.

If you are interested in opening your home to children in foster care, please contact Jessica Tribble, PRIDE Inquiry Coordinator, at 1-844-344-9482. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, please visit or