CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

A Place for Hope

aka Sioux Falls Children's Home, Black Hills Children's Home, Children's Inn, Children's Home Child Advocacy Center   |   Sioux Falls, SD   |  https://chssd.org

Mission

We empower children, individuals, families and communities to be resilient, safe, healthy and strong.

Ruling year info

1944

CEO

Michelle Lavallee

Main address

P.O. Box 1749

Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1749 USA

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EIN

46-0224542

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Children's Inn

Children's Inn empowers victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse to overcome trauma and rebuild their lives, free from abuse.

Children’s Inn provides emergency shelter for women and/or children who are in abusive situations, assists in emergency shelter accommodations for male victims, and provides crisis intervention services and continued counseling services to all victims of abuse.

Children’s Inn opened in 1977 as one of the first ten domestic violence shelters in the United States. In 1998, Children’s Inn merged with Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. It continues to operate as a program of Children’s Home Society and is the principal emergency shelter for abused women and children in southeastern South Dakota.

Population(s) Served

Bright Start empowers first-time moms to maintain healthy pregnancies and raise healthy, happy babies.

Bright Start is a nurse home visitation program for at-risk families and first-time moms during pregnancy and after delivery. Nursing services include prenatal, maternal, and infant/child health assessments and education; infant/child developmental assessments; parenting education; and health, safety, and nutrition education. Services may continue until the child's third birthday.

Bright Start also helps link families with community resources such as prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric medical care; family planning services; and mental health services.

Population(s) Served

We unite children with families and empower them to be safe, healthy, and strong.

Children's Home Society's Foster Care and Adoption services include Therapeutic Foster Care, Wendy's Wonderful Kids Adoption Program, Post-Adoption Services, and PRIDE Training and Assessment.

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) serves children of all ages who have moderate emotional and behavioral needs, usually due to abuse or neglect. TFC offers a healing family experience to prepare children for reunification or adoption.

Wendy's Wonderful Kids Adoption Program (WWK) works to find adoptive families for children of all ages who are considered "hard to place." WWK believes that no child is unadoptable.

Post-Adoption Services include therapy, family support, training, and referrals to available community resources.

PRIDE Training and Assessment is offered to families who are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive family for South Dakota's Department of Social Services. It includes training, home studies, and licensing.

Services are provided throughout the state of South Dakota.

Population(s) Served

We empower children to overcome the trauma that has affected their lives and guide families toward strength and safety.

Black Hills Children's Home and Sioux Falls Children's Home are psychiatric residential treatment centers and special education schools for children, ages 4-12, with severe emotional and behavioral needs.

Many of the children are victims of domestic violence, neglect, and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.

It is also part of the CHS mission to partner with caring parents to help their children who have emotional or behavioral needs.

Children in residential treatment are provided year-round specialized education. A Day School program is provided for children who are able to live with parents or guardians, but whose emotional or behavioral needs prevent them from succeeding in public school.

Black Hills Children's Home and Sioux Falls Children's Home are accredited by the Joint Commision and licensed by the Department of Social Services.

Population(s) Served

We empower children who have experienced trauma to find justice and healing, together with their families.

Children's Home Child Advocacy Center (CAC) serves children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or who have witnessed violence. CAC provides forensic interviews and support to families, as well as the coordination of specialized medical examinations.

These services eliminate the need for repeated interviews and examinations by multiple investigating parties. Referrals come primarily through law enforcement offices and Child Protection Services.

Child and Family Advocates provide support by helping to answer questions, helping to understand legal rights, helping guide through the court process, and helping connect children and families to needed community resources.

Population(s) Served

We empower individuals to end abuse and build safe, healthy, and strong communities.

The goal of the Advocacy and Prevention program is to prevent child abuse and domestic violence in South Dakota. Statewide trainings and events focus on teaching the public and professionals how to recognize and respond to child abuse and domestic violence; and how to properly handle child abuse disclosures.

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CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Board of directors
as of 09/14/2020
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Board chair

John McGrath

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