Children are our most important asset. As South Dakotans, we want our children to grow up in safe, stable environments where they can interact with community members and professionals who care for them.
The Resilient Communities framework provides a comprehensive outline and a suite of tools for community coalitions in order to:
- Know– Understand your community and build a coalition
- Respond– Begin to build resiliency in your community
- Prevent– Continue to build and transform your community to be resilient
The goal is to create resilience in South Dakota families and communities, ensuring our children have safe, stable, and loving environments in which to grow and thrive. The framework outlines a public health approach to example strategies for communities to follow in order to put programs, policies, and trainings in place to help build resiliency for our children and families. As a result, community members and professionals from all sectors become trauma-aware and we can help combat adversity for children. The outcome is a stronger, healthier community. Together, we can become a Resilient Community.
The Resilient Communities: South Dakota program is facilitated by the SD Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM).