Child advocacy group changes its name

Child advocacy group changes its name The change is subtle – the difference of a single word – but on July 1 South Dakota Voices for Children is what the former South Dakota Coalition for Children will become.

The new name describes what the organization does far more directly than did the former title, according to Executive Director Susan M. Randall.

"'Voices' conveys a sense of action, of movement," she said. "It accurately reflects our mandate. It tells people who don�t know what it is we do: We speak on behalf of South Dakota children ? in their interest as needs arise."

Since 1993, the nonprofit organization has advocated statewide on behalf of South Dakota children. Recent activity has focused on:

? Improving the quality and availability of child care and pre-kindergarten programs,

? Creating state and tribal juvenile justice systems that stress safety, accountability and rehabilitation for court-involved youth,

? Keeping kids tobacco free,

? Ensuring access to health care for all children,

? Raising awareness of the life-saving potential of seat belts and child booster seats.

Voices' advocacy is based on research of trends affecting children, formulation of policy and program solutions and initiatives that put those solutions into place.

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