Adoption: Past, Present, and Future

June 16, 2020

As we look to the 100th year of the LSS Adoption program, I’m infantreflecting on all that I have learned from my time at LSS. A lot has changed since those first days of the “Lutheran Children’s Home Finding Society of South Dakota” in 1920. And in a way, things have almost come full circle. Read the rest of this entry »


Top 10 Things Birth Mothers want YOU to Know

May 6, 2019

The day before Mother’s Day is recognized as Birth Mother’s Day (May 11, 2019) . Here are ten of the ten thousand things birth mothers want the world to know. Read the rest of this entry »


This Is LSS

December 29, 2016

I was hooked on the new TV series This is Us from the first five minutes of the first episode. None of the previews gave me any idea that adoption would be a major theme in the series, and so now every episode has me on the edge of my couch. If you haven’t watched yet but are interested, this is your spoiler alert! You might want to watch first before you read the rest of this blog. Read the rest of this entry »


To Give Up

November 15, 2016

What goes through your mind when you hear the phrase “give up”?  What comes to my mind is, “I don’t know; I give up!”  Some people “give up smoking” because it’s bad for them.  Think about the phrase, “to give away.” What do you think of when you hear that? I gave away some furniture I didn’t want anymore.  In either case, what usually comes to mind is that whatever was “given up” or “given away” wasn’t important, wasn’t needed, or wasn’t wanted. Read the rest of this entry »


“My parents are my parents and that’s it.” – Simone Biles

August 22, 2016

Whenever the topic of adoption is brought to the attention of the media as it was last week during the Olympics, we feel it is a good time to talk about adoption terminology, and the negative effects using the wrong words can have on adoptees. Read the rest of this entry »


CARES Week: Compassionate – Compassion in Adoption

December 7, 2015

Compassion is one of the most important core values in the Adoption & Pregnancy Counseling Programs. We are compassionate about the place adoptive parents come from when choosing adoption. We are compassionate about the difficult decisions that birth parents face. But I think what we are most compassionate about is the well-being of the adoptee, after all, it is their best interest that is the central focus of all involved. Read the rest of this entry »


A Day in the Life of an Adoption Administrative Support Specialist

October 6, 2014

Editor’s Note: This week, each department is following the theme of “A Day in the Life Of…” In order to help people better understand what we do, we want to share a bit of what each day looks like for us. Today, Joyce Twite, Administrative Support Specialist, shares what life is like in the Adoption Program. Please check back each day to find out about a new department within the LSS family.

I love my job, no question about it. And what is not to love? Adoption is the process of creating families and building relationships through what can sometimes be a very difficult time. As the Administrative Support Specialist, I work on current adoptions through the paperwork, background checks, correspondence with attorneys and judges, and maintaining files. Having been given my own wonderful parents through this agency, I can appreciate the care and consideration that goes into this process by all the members of the Adoption program.

One of the more exciting aspects of a typical day in my position is the Post-Legal Adoption contacts that I may have. I might get an email or a phone call that usually starts with, “I was adopted through your agency in 1969…” Or, “I placed a child for adoption through your agency in 1985…” Read the rest of this entry »


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