LSS recipient of $786,000 federal grant

LSS recipient of $786,000 federal grant The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded a $786,000 federal grant to Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota to fully fund Infant Adoption Awareness Training to be conducted in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

In cooperation with a variety of other social service agencies, LSS will conduct training to improve awareness and knowledge of infant adoption among health care professionals in rural and undeserved areas including Native American reservations.

The objective of the grant is tri-fold.

* To increase the number of health care professionals who are comfortable presenting adoption options and who feel confident in their knowledge and the legal process.

* To increase the health professional's ability to make appropriate referrals.

* To expand training curricula to include relevant legal information, address cultural sensitivity, and educate on the practices and prevalence of open adoption.

"LSS' entire history is rooted in the work of placing children in loving homes," said Joanne Negstad, LSS president. "Being awarded this grant demonstrates the leadership of LSS in the field of adoption. This grant is generating an opportunity for health care professionals to become more informed about the gifts of adoption; and is intentional in meeting the needs of undeserved areas in the Midwest. We are grateful LSS has been given this opportunity."

Today, LSS serves more than 25,000 people in dozens of South Dakota communities statewide with a variety of programs including adoption, after school care, foster care, consumer credit counseling service, residential services for youth, refugee and immigration services, rural life ministry and individual and family counseling.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota is funded through government fees, service fees, grants, the LSS Foundation, United Way, as well as contributions from the SD ELCA Synod, churches, businesses and individuals. LSS is a licensed child placement agency by the State of South Dakota and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services. LSS is a United Way agency and a member of Lutheran Services in America.

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