Foster Care

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DOC has three Community Corrections Specialists (CCS) who handle referrals and placements within the state. They collect all data on a youth and present this information to potential families. They insure full-disclosure and help guide a family in making a decision to open their home to a specific youth. The CCS continues to work with families and youth throughout the placement, conducting home visits on a bi-monthly basis or more often, if needed. DOC also usually assigns one Juvenile Corrections Agent (JCA) to supervise all youth within a given home. This person will help the foster parent to secure needed resources, help supervise aftercare and provide general advice to the youth and family. Accessibility to agency staff and support will be provided at all times. The JCA will meet with the youth and family in accordance with the provisions of the youth’s aftercare contract, starting off weekly and gradually extending the time as indicated by the aftercare contract and the youth’s behavior.


DOC foster families must be licensed through the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS). This includes attending the 30 hour, PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) training, completing mandatory home visits and satisfying all background checks. Licensing by DSS is a vital requirement before DOC will issue a contract. Foster families must have a current contract with DOC before any youth will be placed in the home. As outlined in the contract, one parent in the family will be identified on the contract however; the second parent must also be supportive and willing to accept the placement of youth into the home. DSS determines the capacity of occupants within the home and may license a home for up to 6 youth.


The daily rate assigned to DOC youth is determined by yearly adjustment. Other specialized rates are not considered as DOC youth do not qualify for them. The current rate is $36.05/day as of July 1, 2012. These monies are intended to provide for the food, clothing, daily supervision, school supplies, personal incidentals, liability and property insurance and other expenses of the youth in the home, as well as provide a financial supplement to the family. The family is also eligible to receive an initial, one time, allowance of $100 for clothing as the youth first enters the home. A second $100 annual payment for school clothing will be reimbursed upon submitting receipts. Foster parents must submit a monthly progress report to their CCS for each youth in their home in order to receive payment for the past month’s services.


DOC youth are eligible for Medicaid. The referring JCA will insure the necessary application for Medicaid has been completed and is on file. The youth will be assigned a Medicaid number and card while in foster care. It is the foster families’ responsibility to use medical providers that accept Medicaid payment for services rendered.



Kim Tvedt, East River Community Corrections Specialist
2001 9th Ave SW, Suite 400
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-5002


Kaitlin Donohoe, West River Community Corrections Specialist
1600 Sedivy Lane
Rapid City, SD 57703
(605) 394-1617


Scott Prenger, Southeast Region Community Corrections Specialist

4001 West Valhalla Blvd., Suite 103

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

(605) 362-3580