RAPID CITY, SD – Congressman Dusty Johnson took a peek inside the Black Hills Children’s Home Society on Monday afternoon, listening to staff members and speaking to young residents.
35 children are taken care of at home. 36 would be the capacity.
Often the children who live there struggle with behavioral problems or come from foci of abuse, neglect or trauma. The house offers them a stimulating environment where they can feel safe.
“Many people in our community and around the world take it for granted that spending safe time with an adult for children is something that is cherished on this campus,” said Karl Jegeris, CEO of the South Dakota Children’s Home Society .
After his tour, Johnson said he was reminded that the kids there are just like any other kid – wanting to learn and have fun.
“So many agencies across the state are investing in evidence-based practices,” Johnson said. “They have revolutionized the way they provide care to these children. It’s about trauma care, it’s about understanding what these kids have been through and quite frankly how we can help them heal so they can focus on the best possible future.
The state operates two houses – one in the Black Hills and the other in Sioux Falls. In total, the state takes care of 100 children at a time.