February 16, 2017

Okay, so International Interpreters and Translators day/week is actually in September. But I wanted to take time now to say a big THANK YOU to our LSS Interpreter Program for their partnership in the work we do in our LSS Kinship Programs.  We feel fortunate to have the LSS Interpreter Program as one of our LSS programs.  This past year Kinship staff have frequently utilized interpreter services to meet the needs of children and families with whom we work.  Our LSS Interpreters have taken the time to partner with Kinship staff so together we can provide high quality services.

So, a big “shout out” to, LSS Interpreters for:

  • Spending 3 – 4 hours with the Kinship Home study specialists to meet with families so they understand the home study process and so we can obtain the information needed to write a home study
  • Making phone calls to family members to explain the Kinship Home Study and Locator services
  • Helping Kinship Locators contact family members in other countries so children have those connections
  • Being sensitive, kind and caring to the individuals and families we work with – you really help them understand what can seem like a complicated process

And a special Дякую to Galina!  I appreciate all the numerous times you came to my office very early in the morning to do detective work and to make calls to a country in a time zone 8 hours ahead of us.  I appreciate your understanding of that country’s culture and language.  It was truly an adventure and with your assistance and persistence we found a relative and connection for a youth who really needed it.  I couldn’t have done it alone!  You and LSS Interpreter Program are GREAT!!!

For more information regarding LSS Interpreter Services and LSS Kinship Program please visit our website – www.lsssd.org .

And by the way – today please have a Happy National Do a Grouch a Favor Day and National Almond Day!!

Submitted by Dede Mogck, LSS Kinship Program Manager

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 »

September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota

September 22, 2016

September has been named as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota.  What a wonderful opportunity to recognize the many families who have opened their homes to care for kin in times of need. Kinship care is a living situation in which a relative takes primary responsibility for the care of a family member, most often a child. Kinship care enables family members to live with people they know and trust, provides a sense of hope and reinforces the family member’s sense of personal and cultural identity.  Read the rest of this entry »

In Memory of Jessica

August 1, 2016

I recently received a contact that one of the foster children I worked with years ago, Jessica, had passed away.  It took me off guard at the moment. I had worked with this young lady many, many years ago, but my memories of her are just like they happened yesterday.  I spent that afternoon trying to contact her former caregivers and feeling downright sad and sentimental. Over the years I enjoyed every foster child and youth I had the opportunity to work with – they all had their unique personalities and there was something good in each of them. I felt the same way about Jessica but there was a spark in her that made her a little extra special. She taught me so much in the few years I had the pleasure to be her social worker! Read the rest of this entry »

The Ten Things Kids Need Most

February 25, 2016

The LSS Adoption, Foster Care and Kinship Programs are all about kids and families.  We believe every child and every youth needs and deserves to have a family who loves and supports him or her.  It may be a relative, fictive kin, foster parent, or parent through adoption – families are made so many ways.

So what are some other things kids need? Read the rest of this entry »

What Kinship Means to Staff

February 8, 2016

LSS has the honor to work with children and families in the Kinship Home Study and Kinship Locator programs. These are programs that are contracted and work in conjunction with the South Dakota Department of Social Services. A staff of five Kinship Home Study Specialists located throughout the state complete comprehensive home studies with relatives who are interested in being a placement for a child or children in the custody of the state. A staff of two Kinship Locators, who serve two areas of the state, work to locate, identify, and engage relatives who may be potential placements and/or connections for these children as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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