What Love Looks Like: Therapeutic Foster Care to Adoption

Posted on January 20, 2022

In 2016, the Oppolds got their license to provide Therapeutic Foster Care through Children’s Home Society (CHS), at first getting their feet wet by providing respite care. In 2017 they met the oldest two brothers and provided foster care for a year, as CHS recommended.

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The Porch Light

Posted on November 02, 2021

Children’s Home Shelter for Family Safety's broke ground this spring for building a new facility. Learn how we "Rocked the Inn" and other stories in this issue of The Porch Light.

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We’ll Keep Doing it Until They Make Us Stop

Posted on September 23, 2021

Who in the world would voluntarily raise 24 children—most of whom have behavioral, developmental or medical needs? It’s hard enough to take care of one or two children, let alone two dozen! That's why therapeutic foster parents are straight up superstars.

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A Commanding View

Posted on March 26, 2020

Tomorrow is Friday, March 27, 2020. On this very day, 118 years ago, Children’s Home Society had a red-letter day in its history.

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Passenger Praise

Posted on January 30, 2020

I made a point to ask each of my passengers who they were. For some reason, I had quite a few grandparents as passengers on many of my shuttle trips.

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The Voice

Posted on December 12, 2019

You just never know what is going to touch a child who has suffered trauma—what it is that will break down the wall of sadness, mistrust, and anger...

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Using Power Tools

Posted on November 25, 2019

I knew I had an attitude problem. I talked back to my parents and teachers at school. When I got mad, I went off like a bomb. One day, my Mom told me we were going to get some help. Next thing I knew, we were on our way to Sioux Falls...

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A Coat to Warm a Girl... and Your Heart

Posted on October 29, 2019

There is a special event that happens every October for the kids at Sioux Falls Children's Home. One day is set aside to go to Outdoor Gear, a store specializing in all types of winter apparel, for kids to shop for new winter coats, hats, and mittens.

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Strength Training

Posted on August 23, 2019

This is an email sent to staff by Sue Williams, the Program Director for Sioux Falls Children's Home. It sheds light on a key component of the CHS residential treatment philosophy. In light of yet more senseless shootings in our nation, I want to highlight The Six Core Strengths we are trying to instill in children who have suffered trauma.

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