The WSDCPC is a non-profit alliance dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and neglect through community collaboration and education in addition to recognition of prevention efforts.
The Western South Dakota Child Protection Council envisions a community of safe and healthy families through collaboration, recognition, and education.
The Western South Dakota Child Protection Council (WSDCPC) had its origins in the Rapid City Child Protection Team established in the 1970’s. By 1983 the Child Protection Team was renamed the Rapid City Area Child Protection Council and was chartered as a chapter for the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. The goal was to “bring in a broader base of community members, including professionals, business representatives and lay personnel.” In the fall of 1990, the name was changed to the Western South Dakota Child Protection Council in order to expand the Council’s presence. The Board of Directors voted to give up their charter and become independent of the National Committee for prevention of child abuse.
Individuals and agencies can be members of the WSDCPC. Agencies that are represented with members on the WSDCPC include the Department of Social Services, Children's Care, SD Parent Connections, Lutheran Social Services, Children's Home Society- Child Advocacy Center and the Black Hills Children's Home, Youth and Family Services, Wellspring, Behavior Management Systems, Western Dakota Tech., WAVI, Law Office of Kyle Krause, SD Unified Judical 7th Circuit Court, Rapid City School System, Manlove Group, Dakota Hills Counseling, and Greatest Commandments. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.
The current executive officers of the WSDCPC are:
President: Danita Simons
Vice-President: Dottie Pugsley
Treasurer: Jennifer Arnold
Secretary: Janet Swanson
The Western South Dakota Child Protection Council has the following active committees.
The Executive Committee consists of Board of Director Officers and Committee Chairs. The Executive Committee is in charge of WSDCPC business that does not require a Board of Directors’ quorum for a vote.
The Recognition Committee’s primary function is to sponsor an annual awareness lunch in April to honor community members that work in prevention of abuse and neglect.
The Community Awareness and Education Committee focuses on promoting awareness of abuse and neglect issues through training and community education. This committee created a Lunch Bag Learning monthly training session at the Rapid City Public Library that hosts speakers on a variety of topics related to child family issues, as well as, abuse and neglect topics. These sessions are free and open to the public.
The Public Relations and Collaboration Committee’s primary focus is on public relations for council events. The committee circulates an electronic newsletter and created a website in order to let members of the local community know what is happening with the council, as well as, child abuse and neglect awareness issues. The Committee also concentrates on collaboration with other coalitions and agencies to promote awareness issues.
The Membership Committee’s function is to obtain new memberships, dues, and maintain a list of current members.
If you are interested in serving on a specific committee please contact us.