The grant, valued at $10,000, is offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation to address community challenges in South Dakota. The CPCM—which focuses on eliminating child maltreatment through education, outreach and research—will use the grant to analyze and evaluate data from the South Dakota Division of Social Services – Child Protection Services (CPS).

The CPCM and CPS aim to identify the characteristics of children who experience maltreatment in rural settings to determine which characteristics may put them at risk. The other primary goal for this project is to better understand the protective factors that may alleviate the potential risk to maltreatment.

“This grant allows us to begin the process of understanding what child maltreatment looks like in South Dakota,” Kari Oyen, Ph.D., assistant professor of school psychology, said. “When we better understand the landscape of this important issue, we can work together to begin the monumental task of finding ways to end child maltreatment in South Dakota.”

Once the analysis is complete, the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment and Child Protective Services will collaborate with key stakeholders across the state to address child maltreatment by developing prevention and responsive systems to protect the state’s most vulnerable youth. 

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