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South Dakota State Information

In South Dakota, approximately over 10,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 4,600 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The 2005 South Dakota Legislation SB55, requires the state to make relatives the primary child placement alternative. The South Dakota Department of Social Services offers two options of assistance to kinship care families. Kinship care families may receive a monthly subsidy, but this is only if the family becomes a registered foster family. Kinship care families that are not registered foster families have the ability to receive child only grants through TANF funding.

South Dakota offers very limited services to kinship care families. Although there are not a large number of children in kinship care, the state does need to increase public and private partnerships to advocate for kinship care support and assistance.

By the Numbers
  • Over 10,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 4,600 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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