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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.

May Session

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from Noon to 1 p.m. Central Time

Register here: The Role of a Parent & Child Attorney in Child Welfare Cases 

Meet the Presenter

Upcoming sessions

Future CIP training sessions:

Use the linked session titles below to register.

June – Carrie Sanderson, 2022 Legislative Overview 

Previous Trainings

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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