Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Media Contact: Susan Smith, [email protected]


For Immediate Release 

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Educators and service providers can attend the 21st Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference for free thanks to scholarships from the South Dakota Department of Education and the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

The 21st Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference will consist of both in-person and virtual options when it is held Sept. 29-30, 2021, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The conference is organized by The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment and its partners.

The SD Department of Education (DOE) is providing 200 scholarships for teachers to attend free of charge. In-person conference attendees are eligible for travel expenses. In addition to the scholarships, attendees can earn 10 continuing education contact hours. Scholarships are available for teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, student advocates, literary specialists, school nurses, and teacher assistants.

Complete this  link to request a conference scholarship:  Within 10 business days a special registration link will be sent to you to utilize the scholarship.

The in-person ONLY Pre-Conference Education Track includes:

  • Connect Youth to Caring Adults and Activities: How to Implement a Youth Mentoring Program
  • Working in Collaboration and Partnership with the Best Interest of the Child/Children
  • Toward Better Differential Assessment of Trauma in School Children

Multiple breakout sessions are available throughout the conference that are applicable to educators. See the conference website for more details.

Keynote speakers:

  • The Batterer as Parent, Lundy Bancroft
  • Vicarious Trauma – The Silent Killer, Jim Holler
  • Hurdles, Help, and Hope: Becoming the Hurdle Life Coach, Terry Liggins, MPA

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation has provided funding for service providers working in the metro Sioux Falls area of Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner and McCook counties. This includes social workers, medical and dental professionals, behavioral health, and law enforcement. Use this link to apply:

The IN-PERSON only Pre-Conference features tracks that will apply to the service areas listed above including medical, legal, multidisciplinary teams, community collaboration and domestic violence. Please visit the conference website ( to view all conference details.

Conference sponsors include the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System Court Improvement Program, Child’s Voice at Sanford Health, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and the South Dakota Department of Education.


The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM),, is the first organization to join local, tribal, state and federal efforts in the fight against child sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment in South Dakota. CPCM was born out of the work of Jolene’s Law Task Force, established through SDCL 2-6-31 and its comprehensive 10-year plan to help South Dakotans know of, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse. The center’s director is Carrie Sanderson.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation unites passionate donors with important causes to help create a stronger, brighter future for our area. Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation has helped our area’s thinkers and dreamers create meaningful change through philanthropy, granting more than $200 million to nonprofits throughout our community and helping more than 1,000 families navigate their philanthropic journey. Today, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation is the trusted steward of more than $200 million in assets. Learn more at