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Since 1983, 7,660 children have joined their families

271 have families, since January 1, 2014

  • 57% belong to a minority group
  • 78% are 9 years old or older
  • 40% are 14 years old or older

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south dakota programs


Many children are in the custody of the South Dakota foster care system and are eligible and waiting for a permanent home.

The children who wait are the survivors of abuse and neglect. They are school-aged children, brothers and sisters, children of color and those with disabilities. These children live in a series of foster and group homes. There they wait. They hope for the stability and love of an adoptive family.

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Meet Michael!

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Finding Families

The Adoption Exchange provides a number of effective and innovative programs to connect waiting children with adoptive families.

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State Member

South Dakota Department of Social Services
Patricia Reiss
Adoption Program Specialist

700 Governor's Drive
Pierre, SD  57501

Phone: (605) 773-3205
Fax: (605) 773-6834
Email: Contact South Dakota Dept of Social Services

Click here for a list of South Dakota Adoption Agencies and Adoptive Parent Support Groups
Click here for a list of the Adoption Specialists in all 50 states
Click here for a list of Member Private Child Placement Agencies of The Adoption Exchange

Global Connections

A cooperative effort between The Adoption Exchange and Voice for International Development and Adoption expedites the adoption process for military families and US citizens living abroad by providing them with easy access to information, resources and placement services provided by qualified professionals.

Contact Global Connections for more information and questions.

For more information or to help answer questions you can always contact
The Adoption Exchange at 1-800-451-5246.