South Dakota Department of Social Services

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700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
United States

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Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
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Strong families are South Dakota’s foundation and our future. They serve as the primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support in communities throughout the state and the country.
Foster parents make a difference in the lives of children and their birth families. Foster families are relatives or non-relatives who are trained and licensed, providing 24-hour care and supervision for children who have been abused and/or neglected.

Foster parenting promotes the healing process by offering a safe and stable environment until a child can return home or establish an alternative lifelong relationship with a caring adult, through guardianship, adoption, or another permanent situation.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

Foster parents receive support from the South Dakota Department of Social Services. A local CPS office assists parents through the application process.

The organizations South Dakota Kids Belong and Stronger Families Together recruit, train, and support foster families. America’s Kids Belong aims to change the lives of foster children by raising awareness and improving experiences. They do so by pushing for change and encouraging community engagement.

South Dakota Kids Belong also connects parents with resources such as faith communities, foster-friendly businesses, etc. Plus, parents can access discounts and services for foster families through the program.

Tribal Foster Care Programs are also available to help protect the interests of Indian kids in the child welfare system.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

2.9 / 5
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vivian amidon
Jun 04, 2023

Placed my children back in their abusive father's home, even though I'm the non abusive parent with no criminal record.... and their Dad was arrested and sentenced for what he did to them. These people are probably getting paid off..

Rating: 1

Skein Queen
Jun 04, 2023

They favor abusers. My poor friend doesn't have her kids, and she did nothing wrong. But the man who hurt her children get the kids back. It's disgusting and I wish someone would stop these people! They seem to go unchecked...

Rating: 1

Blue Star
Jan 11, 2022

A joke to any type of human services work. Child Support in this state needs to be investigated as they do not follow state or federal laws.

Rating: 1