Featured Event

Children’s Day at the Capitol

Children’s day at the Capitol is an opportunity to inform the public about your work to promote the well-being of South Dakota’s children and families.

Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Cohort to begin

In this short video, Dr. Kelly Bass, Program Director of the Master of Social Work program at the University of South Dakota, discusses the program in more detail. The Child and Adult Advocacy Studies certificate walks students through a holistic, trauma-informed process of working with children and families as well as navigating a multidisciplinary response to child abuse and neglect. The video includes information about course offerings and how to register. The first cohort begins the first of four classes in Jan. 2021.

Learn more here: usd.edu/online-caast

Programs & Development

Whether we’re training mandatory reporters, helping victims and their families navigate the criminal justice system or providing data analysis assistance to state agencies, we’re committed to stopping the cycle of child abuse.

More than 4,000 South Dakotan children from all socio-economic and race groups experience sexual abuse every year.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment focuses on delivering education, outreach and research geared toward eliminating child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Dakota.

Report child abuse or neglect.

Call 1.877.244.0864

DSS Intake Specialists will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If reporting before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., on the weekends or during a holiday, please contact local law enforcement.
Always call 911 if a child is in immediate danger!