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May 2022 Newsletter

Take Note

  • Today is the last day to apply to present a conference session
  • Register for May 25 CIP Training

Save the Date, become a presenter at 22nd Annual CRCAC

Mark your calendars for the 22nd Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference scheduled October 6 and 7, 2022.

Today is the last day to apply to present a session. Go here today: Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference – Center for the Prevention of Childhood Maltreatment (sdcpcm.com)

Free CAASt training held May 13

Fifty-four educational professionals attended this virtual training which included mandatory reporter education, youth suicide awareness and prevention, multidisciplinary approaches, and trauma-informed interventions.

This training is now certified to fulfill the youth suicide awareness and prevention certification requirement for educators when applying for an initial or renewal license.

Kristi Kranz promoted to training manager

Please join us in congratulating Kristi Kranz on her new position as training manager. She was previously program coordinator overseeing the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner grant and coordinating the Community Response to Child Abuse Conference.

Kranz will continue in those duties but also will take on training initiatives and management of student workers.

Join us for May’s Court Improvement Program Lunch and Learn

Nicole Laughlin of Laughlin Law will present The Role of a Parent & Child Attorney in Child Welfare Cases as the featured speaker for the May Court Improvement Program Lunch and Learn via Zoom on May 25 from noon to 1 p.m. Central Time.

Laughlin graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 2002. Nicole received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2006. After law school Nicole was chosen as Law Clerk for the Third Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. After clerking Nicole was hired by the Minnehaha County Public Defender’s office. Nicole gained a wealth of experience by spending countless hours in the courtroom over five and a half years as a Senior Public Defender. Nicole was eventually designated as the appellate attorney, which allowed her to focus primarily on appeals to the South Dakota Supreme Court. In January of 2013, Nicole opened Laughlin Law. Nicole is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota, Legal Studies. Today Nicole represents a diverse clientele in an array of cases. The philosophy of Laughlin Law is to provide compassionate and personalized representation to every client, while working to achieve the best possible outcome in each case.

Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

The upcoming June CIP Training will be held on June 29, 2022 and will feature Carrie Sanderson who will provide a legislative update related to child maltreatment in South Dakota. New legislative changes will go into effect July 1, 2022.

Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the South Dakota Unified Judicial System are hosting monthly Court Improvement Program (CIP) trainings for attorneys, judges, and other multidisciplinary professionals working with families involved in abuse and neglect cases.

The goal of these trainings is to provide relevant and up-to-date information on the South Dakota child welfare system, while offering unique approaches and standards for best practices when working with children throughout the court process.

By learning more you can help keep children safe.

Abarca joins staff as Student Social Media Assistant

Lesly Abarca-Valladares is our student social media assistant, she has been here with us at CPCM since March! She has been helping us run our social media marketing plan and shares professional opinions on how to improve our social media presence. She is currently a senior at South Dakota State University that majors in advertising and Spanish. Her future plans include traveling and seeking an advertising job at an advertising agency or in-house agency at a brand.