Memory Keeping is an Ongoing Process

June 18, 2018

Life Book Volunteers

On April 16th and 20th, 2018, LSS Foster Care Services was blessed with 12 volunteers who came together and made over 1,500 Life Book pages for youth in foster care!  Lori Hofer was instrumental in collecting donations, purchasing supplies, and recruiting volunteers to make Life Book pages.  These supplies and pages will be distributed and used by youth, social workers, and foster families throughout the year.  Read the rest of this entry »

Why Not You?

October 16, 2017

Are you interested in adoption or foster care? November is recognized as National Adoption Month, and local agencies are sponsoring an Adoption and Foster Care Awareness event on November 2, 2017, at the Rapid City Dahl Arts Center, located at 713 7th Street, Rapid City, South Dakota. Read the rest of this entry »

1000 pages!

June 20, 2017

Year after year, a great volunteer group from CIGNA comes together to make Life book pages for children and youth in foster care.  These caring and talented volunteers outdo themselves each year!  This year they put together over 1000 pages in one day!  That’s right, 1000 pages!  Read the rest of this entry »

Foster Care Celebrates Successful Graduates

May 16, 2017

This spring has been an exciting time for the LSS Treatment Foster Care Program as four (4) foster care youth will be graduating from High School.  To add to the excitement, all four youth plan to further education or have already enlisted in the military! Read the rest of this entry »

An Especially Merry Christmas!

January 16, 2017

Thanks to a generous donation from Christy Westermann and her fcshoppingteam at Howalt McDowell Insurance, children and youth in LSS’ Sioux Falls area Treatment Foster Care homes had an especially merry Christmas!  Christy and her team made a decision to make Christmas a little brighter for youth and families in the Sioux Falls area.  They not only made a donation, they also had a great time shopping for the gifts!

Our Treatment Foster Care team had a great time wrapping and delivering the gifts!

Through this donation, our LSS Treatment Foster Care families were blessed to be able to provide a wonderful Christmas experience for the children and youth living in their homes.  At a time of year where being away from family can be especially difficult for children living in foster care, this support in bringing them some extra joy is especially meaningful.  Thank you, Christy and your team Howalt McDowell Insurance!

LSS provides temporary care for children with medical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional challenges through our Treatment and Specialized Foster Care Services. If you would like more information about LSS Foster Care Services or are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Jill Jensen in Sioux Falls at 605-221-2419 or or Mark Kiepke in Rapid City at 605-791-6730 or

Thankful for Working Together

December 5, 2016

Each year in November, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City teams up with partnering agencies to host a Cultural Feast for the area’s foster care and kinship families.  LSS joins in the merriment and is a part of a committee responsible for working with area businesses and organizations to plan the food and activities for the families.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Cases

October 24, 2016

In the month of September the Rapid City Foster Care Program and Foster Care youth received 15 “Sweet Cases” from Dr. Linda Fromm and her staff at Fromm Dermatology.  In the last two years the staff at Fromm Dermatology have purchased and donated “Sweet Cases” to the foster care youth in LSS Foster Homes in the Rapid City area.  “Sweet Cases” are duffle bags for youth in foster care. These duffle bags are something the foster youth can call their own and use for sleep overs, school trips, and moves home.  The majority of the youth in foster care come from homes or facilities that are unable to purchase duffle bags or suitcases so when youth move into a foster home they may bring all their belongings in garbage bags.  The “Sweet Cases” give the foster youth something they can call their own and assist them in the transitions in life.  Read the rest of this entry »

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