South Dakota Kids In Foster Care Are All Of Our Responsibility

South Dakota Recruits 300+ New Foster Parents

Stronger Families Together, with support from South Dakota Kids Belong, recently announced that it has achieved its one-year goal of adding at least 300 new foster families. The state added 304 and generated many more inquiries about the process.

South Dakota's Strong Families Together Foster Care Initiative

1,683* Kids In South Dakota Are In Foster Care** Right Now

Imagine being 10 years old and being awakened in the middle of the night by a stranger…

As of August 31, 2022

who tells you in a gentle, yet unfamiliar voice, that you must leave home, due to a crisis that has nothing to do with you. And then in the midst of this turmoil you and your siblings are separated and placed in different homes.

This story has repeated itself in some form in the lives of 1,683 kids in our state over the past year.

“We Wanted To Give Wylynn That Belonging And Love, But She Gave Us So Much More.”

“When you think of a child in foster care you think of a very troubled child with a lot of trauma and baggage, and yes, they do have trauma, and they do struggle, but there is so much more to them than just that. They’re strong and resilient and loving kids.”

Laura Drevlow

Here’s How We Help Create Sustainable Change In Foster Care

South Dakota Kids Belong is part of the America’s Kids Belong family, a nonprofit committed to dramatically improving the experiences and outcomes of kids in foster care.

family recruitment

Foster Family Recruitment

A family for every child

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

A Foster Friendly community for every family

Coalition for Change

Coalition for Change

Hope for foster care in every community

Meet the Kids

Nationwide nearly one-quarter of kids in foster care are legally free for adoption.
Our I Belong Project is a video storytelling initiative that gives kids a face and a voice and helps connect many of them with loving, forever families.

Whether you’re just beginning your journey to foster, a seasoned foster parent considering adoption or simply someone with a heart for vulnerable kids, we invite you to meet, listen to and see some of the amazing kids right here in our community in need of adoptive families.

*Estimate as of 2020, according to the Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Center

**According to South Dakota Department of Social Services “Foster Care (Out-of-home Care) is “a temporary service provided by states for children who cannot live with their families. Children in foster care may live with relatives or with unrelated foster parents. Foster care can also refer to placement settings like group homes, residential care facilities, emergency shelters and supervised independent living.”

South Dakota’s Kids Belong is an affiliate of America’s Kids Belong. We are a 501c3 – EIN #85-3580236