PAMELA BENNETT has worked in field of child welfare for over 30 years. She was one 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.