Pamela Bennett is the Division Director of South Dakota Child Protection Services under the South Dakota Department of Social Services. She has worked in the child welfare field for over 30 years. Pamela was part of the team who designed and implemented the safety model within South Dakota. After South Dakota’s successful implementation of the safety model, Pamela worked as a consultant for Action for Child Protection and the National Resource Center for Child Protection Services for 10 years providing technical assistance to the federal government, state, tribal and county child welfare agencies. Pamela returned to SD CPS when she was appointed as the Deputy Director of CPS in February of 2018. Pamela was appointed Division Director of SD CPS in July of 2020.