Giving Children a Voice | South Dakota Community Foundation

Giving Children a Voice

May 9, 2022 // South Dakota Fund Grants

Every child deserves to have their voice heard.

Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) was proud to partner with Child’s Voice, a program of Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. SDCF awarded the program a $15,000 South Dakota Fund grant. Funds will help replenish temporary funding reductions that have affected all recipients of federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding. Thus, providing support to meet the increasing need for services.

Child’s Voice is the only nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center in South Dakota. They provide medical evaluations for children ages 0 to 18 who may be victims of abuse and neglect. This includes children who are/were victims of sexual, physical, emotional, and medical abuse, all types of neglect, drug endangerment, witness to violence and child trafficking. Child’s Voice’s primary goal is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention services designed to protect them.

“Every child deserves to have their voice heard,” stated Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “We need to make sure there is a safe oasis for these children as they go through this trauma.”

To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/

About this nonprofit

Child’s Voice serves children from ages 0-18 years. Services are designed to help reduce trauma for the child and non-offending family members to improve outcomes. Child’s Voice works closely with partners as part of a multidisciplinary team including law enforcement, child protection services, state’s attorneys, and medical providers-to provide services needed. Visit https://www.sanfordhealth.org/locations/childs-voice to learn more.

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1,100 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2021 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.