About South Dakota Kids Belong

South Dakota Kids Belong started in 2018, as a pilot of America’s Kids Belong. Our mission is to improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in South Dakota’s foster care system.

Our programs include:

I Belong Project

I Belong Project

Our flagship video storytelling project gives a face and voice to kids in foster care who are legally free to be adopted and helps connect them with prospective adoptive families and forever homes.


Foster Friendly Businesses

Through our innovative Foster Friendly App area businesses can lend valuable community support to kinship and foster parents by creating an offer or services to lend valuable support as they care for kids.


Foster Friendly Faith Communities

Our Foster Friendly App also helps families locate faith communities that are welcoming and supportive of kinship and foster families, not just in South Dakota, but nationwide.


Coalition Building

South Dakota Kids Belong collaborates closely with Governor Kristi Noem’s Stronger Families Together campaign to support and promote foster care.

Our South Dakota Team

South Dakota Kids Belong ED Damen Woolsey

Damen Woolsey

Executive Director

South Dakota Kids Belong - Krist Woolsey State Wrap Director

Kristi Woolsey

State Wrap Director

South Dakota Kids Belong - Kate Thompson Operations Manager

Kate Thompson

Operations Manager

South Dakota Kids Belong Carly Winterstein Project Manager

Carly Winterstein

Project Manager

South Dakota Kids Belong Catlin Young Region 1 Community Catalyst

Catlin Young

Region 1 Community Catalyst