Rep. Johnson visits Black Hills Children’s Home Society
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Congressman Dusty Johnson got a look inside the Black Hills Children’s Home Society Monday afternoon, hearing from staffers and talking to the young residents.
35 children are cared for in the home. 36 would be capacity.
Often times the kids who live there are dealing with behavioral issues or are coming from homes of abuse, neglect, or trauma. The home offers them a nurturing environment where they can feel safe.
“Many people in our community and our world really take it for granted that safe time with an adult for children is something that is cherished at this campus,” said South Dakota Children’s Home Society CEO Karl Jegeris.
Following his tour, Johnson said he’s reminded that the kids there are like any other child – wanting to learn and have fun.
“So many agencies across the state, they are investing in evidence based practices,” said Johnson. “They have revolutionized how they provide care to these kids. It is about trauma care, it is about understanding what these children have gone through and frankly, how we can help them heal so they can focus on the best possible future.”
The state runs two homes – one in the Black Hills and on in Sioux Falls. In total, the state cares for 100 children at a time.