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.
Court Improvement Program Training Series

August Session

August 31, 2022, 12:00 PM CT – Dawn Johnson & Winter Hendrickson | Huron Safety Plan Project

Dawn Johnson and Winter Hendrickson will present on the Safety Plan Provider Recruitment Program. This pilot program is based in Huron, South Dakota and trains prospective safety plan providers to assist CPS with in-home safety planning and reunification efforts.

Please register in advance here.

Dawn Johnson

Dawn Johnson currently serves as a Regional Manager for Child Protection Services in the Department of Social Services and has 20 years of child welfare experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University. In 2002, Dawn began her work with the Division of Child Protection Services as a Family Services Specialist providing direct services for families in the Brookings area. In 2008, Dawn became a Family Services Specialist Supervisor, providing direct supervision to the Brookings office. In 2011, Dawn was promoted to her current position of Regional Manager. Dawn oversees the offices of Brookings, Aberdeen, Huron and Watertown. As Regional Manager, Dawn provides direct supervision to 5 Family Services Specialist Supervisors and provides oversight and case related direction to 27 Family Services Specialists. Dawn is responsible for interpreting child welfare laws and policies with staff and stakeholders, participating in leadership and management meetings and workgroups, analyzing data and preparing reports, and assisting staff with work related performance goals.

Winter Hendrickson

Winter Hendrickson has been a foster parent for 9 years in the Huron community and a safety plan provider for the last 3 years. In that time, she and her husband Chad have fostered 21 children in their home and 4 stayed forever through adoption. Winter has a passion to help support birth families and foster families by providing them with practical resources to see them thrive into the future.

Upcoming Sessions

Future CIP training sessions:

Use the linked session titles below to register.

August 31, 2022, 12:00 PM CT – Dawn Johnson & Winter Hendrickson, Huron Safety Plan Project

September 2022, 12:00 PM CT – BREAK – Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

October 26, 2022, 12:00 PM CT – Karen Cudmore, Angela Lisburg, Tifanie Petro, and Amanda Liebl: Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) in South Dakota

November 30, 2022, 12:00 PM CT – Topic details coming soon, register here

December 28, 2022, 12:00 PM CT – Topic details coming soon, register here

January 25, 2023, 12:00 PM CTMandatory Reporting

February 22, 2023, 12:000 PM CT – Eric Grover, Independent Living and Young Voices

March 29, 2023, 12:00 PM CT – Topic details coming soon, register here

April 26, 2023, 12:00 PM CT – Training in conjunction with the State Bar, Child Abuse Awareness Month

Previous Trainings

June 29, 2022: Legislative Update

Presenters: Carrie Sanderson, Director, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

May 25, 2022: The Role of a Parent & Child Attorney in Child Welfare Cases

Presenters: Nicole Laughlin, Laughlin Law

April 27, 2022: Role of a State’s Attorney in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Presenters: Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner and Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Roxie Erickson

March 30, 2022: Conversations with a Foster Parent

February 23, 2022: Family Time and Sibling/Relative Placement Preferences

Presenter: Sara Sheppick, SD Child Protection Services

January 26, 2022: Understanding Bias and Impact on the Legal System

Presenter: Taneeza Islam

December 29, 2021: Codington County Family Court Pilot Project

Presenter: Judge Carmen Means

November 17, 2021: Stress Triggers on Families, including Holiday Stress

Presenter: Nikki Eining, Avera Behavioral Brookings

October 27, 2021: Connecting Families and Clients with Services

Presenter: Betsy Schuster, Helpline Center

October 13, 2021: Cultural Awareness in the Courtroom

Wayne Weston, Center for Disabilities

September 22, 2021: Family Considerations in Abuse and Neglect Cases

Presenter: Tifanie Petro, Children’s Home Society

August 25, 2021: Safety and Planning Conditions for Return

Presenter: Pam Bennett, Department of Social Services

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