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Presented by Katie Larson and Joseph Ashley
Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

The opinions, statements, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this session are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the conference hosts.

Katie Larson, Permanency Program Specialist, SD Department of Social Services, Child Protection Services

Katie has 11 years of child welfare experience, which includes two years working in a residential setting. Katie oversees policy and procedures as it relates to permanency and wellbeing outcomes for children in out of home care, kinship care services, and foster care services. Katie is responsible for interpreting child welfare laws and policies with staff and stakeholders, participating in leadership and management meetings, analyzing data and preparing reports, managing contracts with foster and kinship care providers, and provid-ing training to staff in the areas of permanency and wellbeing.

Joseph Ashley, ICWA Program Specialist, SD Department of Social Services, Child Protection Services

Joseph has 15 years of child welfare experience. Joseph is responsible for overseeing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) compliance for the department. He provides training on ICWA and working with Native American families. Joseph works with the 9 tribes in South Dakota. Joseph also oversees the State Tribal Child Welfare Consultation workgroup and maintains close working relationships with the tribes involved. Joseph is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and also has affiliation with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe with Irish and French ancestry mixed in. His Indian name is Tasunke Hota or His Grey Horses.