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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
USD Health Science Center, Room 364
1400 West 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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


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Carrie Sanderson

Dir, Ctr Prev Child Maltreat
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Darla Biel

Assistant Director, CPCM
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Kristi Kranz

Training Manager
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Tracey McMahon

Grants and Data Manager
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Tracy Thomes

CAASt Project Coordinator

The Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
October 6 & 7, 2022

The conference steering committee welcomes you to the 22nd Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference (CRCAC). For those unable to attend the in-person conference, we are offering an on-demand ticket that will allow individuals to view the majority of the session recordings post-conference.

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.