South Dakota State Information

South Dakota State Information

For Quick LaunchMonday, October 24, 2022
DSS Media Contact: Steve Lengthy, [email protected], 605.773.3165

Foster youth voices matter in South Dakota


PIERRE – In South Dakota, we worth the voices of youth and younger adults who’re or have been in foster care. Their lived expertise is necessary and may have a constructive impression on their very own lives and the lives of future youngsters in foster care.


This October, South Dakota Baby Safety Providers and Younger Voices, a youth advocacy group with Lutheran Social Providers of South Dakota, have joined youth councils in 34 different states in a nationwide consciousness marketing campaign. This marketing campaign is led by Selfless Love Basis, a non-profit group. Its objective is to extend consciousness of the worth of foster youth voices.


The Division of Social Providers (DSS) actively works to assist each foster care youth attain their full potential and stay secure, wholesome lives. Youth and younger adults with lived foster care expertise can present insights into insurance policies and processes that nobody else has. These presently in foster care ought to pay attention to and play an lively function within the selections that impression their lives.


“We welcome any enter that makes our foster care system one of the best it may be. We perceive the impression younger voices of expertise can have.” mentioned DSS Cupboard Secretary Laurie Gill. “Who higher to advocate for constructive and wholesome foster care adjustments than those that are or have been residing that life firsthand.”


For youth in foster care, the foster household performs an integral function within the lifetime of that little one. Recognizing this, by means of Governor Kristi Noem’s Stronger Households Collectively initiative, South Dakota is recruiting, getting ready, and supporting foster and adoptive households. Foster households are wanted to care for kids and assist their households when they’re experiencing challenges making it unsafe for kids to be at house. The aim of foster care is for households to make adjustments so youngsters can safely return house.


To be taught extra about turning into a foster mum or dad, go to