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.
“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