Indian Child Welfare Program
Phone: (605) 964-6460
Department: Indian Child Welfare – Human Services Department
Number of employees: 7
Mission: To provide shelter for children who have been removed from their homes or parents due to neglect or abuse
Service Population: We can care for 7 children ages infant to 13 years of age.
Services Offered: We have a daily schedule we go by when a child is brought in by State, BIA or ICWA. The child is give an admit bath, head check & change of clothes or pj’s depending on what time of day or night the child is brought in. The children get 3 meals & 3 snacks daily. They take noon naps, nightly baths. Transportation to & from school. The children are checked for bruises, bumps, cuts, scratches if anything is found & looks serious it is reported to the placing agency.
Accomplishments: From January 2005 to February 2006 we’ve provided shelter for 186 children the main placing agency was state & a few ICWA clients our staff or 7 women are CPR & First Aid certified, have food handlers certificate, are presently taking CDA trainings though the Presentation College, we had the same 7 women working here at the shelter for the past year, we have 4 shifts and every one helps each other out when taking leave, another worker is willing to cover.
Challenges: Working here at the shelter is a very stressful job but if you love children & love working with children you’ll be able to handle the job, this past year & previous years it’s mainly providing comfort for lonesome children and taking care of sick children.
Message: Please let’s take better care of our children – we here at the shelter love children & taking care of them but these children would rather be in their own home’s with their parents & family than being here at the shelter.