The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota Children's Alliance is a membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first. The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota Children's Alliance provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a statewide level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities throughout South Dakota responding to reports of child abuse and neglect. A children’s advocacy center is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, child advocacy, work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.
Putting the Needs of Children First
The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota Children's Alliance strongly believes that the combined professional wisdom and skill of the multidisciplinary team approach results in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child and family focused system response possible.
The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota Children's Alliance is an accredited chapter of the National Children's Alliance.
30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice Art Viewing in Pierre, SD
This event, initiating National Crime Victims' Rights Week, will recognize agencies who service victims of crime in South Dakota. Please join us Sun., April 6, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. at the Central SD Child Assessment Center, Avera St. Mary's Hospital, 800 E Dakota Ave, Pierre, SD, 1st floor of the South Building. Come view canvas art created by T.F. Riggs High School students that will be permanently displayed at the Center. The honorable Assistant United States Attorneys, Marie Ruettgers and Tim Maher, will kick off the event. For more information, call (605) 224-3229
Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K Walk/Run in Pierre, SD
The Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center will hold its 2nd Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K Run/Walk on April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM at the SD Discovery Center, 805 W. Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD. Registration fee is $25. Pre-register by calling 605-224-3229 or register in person 30 minutes prior to the 9:00 AM start time. Join us to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children.
For a photo gallery from the 2013 event, please check out our facebook page at facebook.com/CACSD.
Henry's Run for Child Abuse Prevention in Sioux Falls, SD
The 3rd Annual Henry's Run 5K Run/Walk for Child AbusePrevention will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Falls Park, Sioux Falls. Please join us in raising awareness for child abuse prevention. Teams are encouraged. Registraiton fee is $25. Sign up or donate online at www.allsportcentral.com by April 20th. Proceeds benefit Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota and Child's Voice.
“In my twenty years of experience as the Victims Assistant for Pennington County, I have found the work of the Black Hills Child Advocacy Center to be an invaluable tool in working with young victims. I believe we are getting countless more disclosures from children than we did in the past, because they feel safe and protected within the Center and with the highly trained interviewer. After these disclosures of abuse, the children are then referred to sources of help in the community, which will have a positive impact on our community for years to come.”
-Sharon- Victim's Assistant