Contact Person: JoLynn Bostrom
Contact Address: DSS, Division of Child Protection Services, 700 Governors Dr. Pierre, SD 57501
Contact Phone: 605-773-3227
Founded In: 22-Jun-05
Funding: CA/N Grant
The Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Task Force, which was called Working Together for Children Justice Committee (WTFCJC), combined with the Citizen’s Review Panel (CRP) in July of 2005 to facilitate coordination of effort. The name has been changed as of August 14, 2008, to Justice for Children Committee ( JCC). The committee members developed and agreed upon the following mission and purpose statement for the Justice for Children Committee as well:
Mission: Promote and Support protection, permanency, and justice for children in South Dakota.
Purpose: The committee will evaluate and support the system in its efforts to
The JCC has around 24 members, which include Psychologists, Therapists, CASA, Foster Parents, Special Education-Birth to Three Advocate, Pediatric nurse, Judges (Civil and Criminal), Tribal Prosecutors, Law Enforcement, DCI Agents, Victim Witness Coordinator, Tribal Liaisons, Representation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Representatives from the Division of Mental Health, Representative from the Division of Child Protection, Representatives from the Division of Alcohol and Drugs, and a Domestic Violence Network Director. The committee meets quarterly.
The JCC is co-chaired by the Division of Child Protection Services Protective Services Program Specialist Jaime Reiff and the Court Improvement Program Coordinator Sara Kelly. Sara updates the Task Force at every meeting about the accomplishments the Court Improvement Program Committee (CIP) has made or is in the process of making. The CIP has looked into a variety of training topics for attorney’s representing children, state attorneys, law enforcement, and others involved with the child welfare system. The CIP also continues to work closely with the Division of Child Protection Services on court issues related to the CFSR Program Improvement Plan.
The JCC discussions this year have been focused on the recommendations of the Three Year Assessment. Many new recommendations have been developed by the committee. The Justice for Children’s Committee held many meetings and conference calls to work on the three year recommendations. The meetings and conference calls included other topics; however, the main focus of the meetings was the three year assessment recommendations