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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
University of South Dakota – Sioux Falls
4801 N Career Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at USD provides statewide services and resources to eliminate child sexual abuse and child maltreatment in South Dakota.

Our organizational goals are based on the results from the Jolene's Law Task Force and Coalition, a legislative task force charged with studying the prevalence and impact of child sexual abuse in the state. We use evidence-based practice and data metrics in our planning and development, including consultation from state experts in:

  • Child welfare
  • Health
  • Social welfare
  • Law enforcement
  • Education
  • American Indian communities
  • Center Goals

Our six primary goals include:

  1. Creating a single-point data agency to collect information for providers and monitor instances of child maltreatment in South Dakota
  2. Helping all South Dakota communities respond to people impacted by child maltreatment
  3. Providing training resources for mandatory reporters in South Dakota and developing curriculum within colleges and universities
  4. Helping victims, their families and professionals navigate the criminal justice system in South Dakota
  5. Supporting public awareness campaigns that focus on ending child maltreatment in South Dakota
  6. Developing strong working relationships between local, tribal, state and national agencies

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment.
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Darla Biel

Assistant Director, CPCM
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Beth Bruggeman

Program Coordinator
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Mina Doerner

Program Assistant II
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Brandi Miller

Program Specialist
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Alex VanVoorhis

Program Coordinator
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Christina Young

Director, CPCM

The Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Oct. 5-6, 2023

The conference steering committee welcomes you to the 23rd Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference (CRCAC). The conference is a gathering of more than 500 multidisciplinary team members from across South Dakota and the region.

This conference includes national and regional speakers that will address a wide variety of topics in order to help professionals and the general public better understand & response to child abuse and create more impactful engagement with children and families.