There’s a real need across the state for more families to adopt and foster children.
The demand is most acute in west river counties. A smaller population base means fewer potential homes for kids in need. And that can mean a child travels miles away from what’s familiar for a new temporary home.
Right now there are more than 950 kids in the state’s foster care system and 70 children who are available for adoption.
Governor Kristi Noem designated November as adoption awareness month.