Shelter for Family Safety Awarded $100,000

Posted on November 20, 2023

On November 9, Children’s Home Shelter for Family Safety was awarded a gift of $100,000 from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation (LCRF) to support victims of domestic violence who need emergency shelter.

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From Bright Start to Shining Light

Posted on July 13, 2023

Fourteen years ago, Amanda Tilberg was a pregnant single mother. She became a client of Bright Start, a nurse home visitation program for first-time moms. Amanda and her baby thrived in the program

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Children's Home Society 2023 Program Report

Posted on April 20, 2023

We are Tenacious. As the state’s oldest nonprofit human services organization, founded in 1893, just four years after South Dakota became a state, Children’s Home Society (CHS) evolves to meet the changing needs of the people we serve.

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You Deserve Love

Posted on June 06, 2022

Everyone deserves love, but victims of domestic violence are often taught to believe they do not. Read about Brianna's journey to finding love with the help of Children’s Home Shelter for Family Safety.

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New Sensory Room Popular With Kids and Therapists

Posted on June 02, 2022

The new sensory room in Van Demark Up on the Sioux Falls Children’s Home campus allows children to explore and benefit from a wide range of sensory items. A grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation helped support the development of the room.

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Win a Car, Help the Kids!

Posted on May 18, 2022

Help support the programs and services provided by Children’s Home Society by purchasing a raffle ticket to win a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek.

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Posted on April 27, 2022

"Certain organizations in [South Dakota] have a reputation for high quality and excellent, engaged boards—and CHS is among them. Now in my ninth year on the board and currently serving as Board Secretary, I feel very good about my board service."

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Children's Home Society 2022 Program Report

Posted on April 05, 2022

We choose kindness. As the state’s oldest nonprofit human services organization, founded in 1893, just four years after South Dakota became a state, Children’s Home Society (CHS) evolves to meet the changing needs of the people we serve.

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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 Art of Partnership

Posted on January 03, 2022

After years of the ubiquitous holiday meat-and-cheese trays, popcorn balls and chocolate boxes, Dana Dykhouse, CEO of First Premier Bank, had an idea.

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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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Children’s Home Society and Foundation Welcome New Board Members

Posted on October 07, 2021

At the annual meeting on September 30, 2021, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota (CHS) and the Children’s Home Foundation (CHF) each welcomed five new board members. The new CHS board members elected were Scott Scofield, Melissa Johnson, Jim Schmidt and Senator Deb Soholt, all of Sioux Falls and Amy Koenig of Rapid City. New CHF board members are Dennis Aanenson of Sioux Falls, Kara Flynn and Bobby Sundby of Rapid City, Molly Peterson of Brandon and Marty Jackley of Pierre.

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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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Preview the upcoming Caring for the Kids TV Special

Posted on July 29, 2021

Tom Roberts, the Event Coordinator with the Children’s Home Foundation, had the opportunity to sit down on Keloland Living this week to give us a preview of our upcoming Caring for the Kids TV Special on Keloland TV. Thank you, Keloland, for your support! Tune in to the special on Tuesday, August 3rd at 6:30pm CT/5:30pm MT.

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CHS Aces DSS Review

Posted on July 23, 2021

Children's Home Society of South Dakota recently passed the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) annual licensing review with flying colors—as usual.

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CHS Response to COVID-19

Posted on October 15, 2020

Children’s Home Society of South Dakota is committed to helping mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading and to keep all of our children, families, and employees as healthy as possible.

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No Matter What

Posted on May 04, 2020

Since its beginning in 1893, Children’s Home Society (CHS) has had a storied history. There has been much to celebrate over 127 years, but perhaps nothing more important than overcoming many chapters of hardship.

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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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Adoption - One Family's Journey

Posted on November 27, 2019

Every family's path to adoption is unique. Read Jim and Lora's story of adoption to learn how dedication, caring, and compassion paired with ample support and education can make such a difference in a child's life.

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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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What is Wendy's Wonderful Kids?

Posted on November 11, 2019

Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s restaurants, was adopted as a child. That life experience led to his passion of being an adoption advocate. In South Dakota, Children’s Home Society is the WWK partner agency.

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Adoption - A Child's Perspective

Posted on November 07, 2019

14-Year old Lucy participates in a short but powerful Q&A about her experience with adoption and what she would want others to know from an adoptive child's perspective.

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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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T. Denny Sanford Donates $55 million to Children's Home Society

Posted on January 08, 2019

Children’s Home Society, South Dakota’s oldest human services, non-profit organization, announced a $55 million donation from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. The generous gift will transform CHS’s ability to assist children and adults in need and ensure the organization has adequate resources for decades to come.

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The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Posted on May 18, 2018

In the United States, over 8 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year. Research suggests that the single strongest predictor of whether a child becomes either a perpetrator or victim of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where domestic violence is present.

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