Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Foster Care

LSS Foster Homes offer a safe, nurturing environment. Foster parents provide 24-hour care and supervision for children who are separated from their families. Foster families and the LSS social worker coordinate activities to fulfill the goals and objectives of the child's and family's service and treatment plan.

  • Treatment Foster Care is for youth and children who have behavioral, emotional and social needs.

  • Specialized Foster Care is for youth and children who have special medical, physical or developmental needs.

Lutheran Social Services is a licensed Child Placement Agency through the Department of Social Services in South Dakota. Foster parents are certified to provide family foster care at the treatment and specialized level. The South Dakota Board of Social Work examiners licenses LSS social workers. LSS social workers and family foster homes are required to meet all state licensing and safety standards. LSS Foster Care Programs are accredited through the Council of Accreditation for Children and Family Services.

LSS is licensed for foster care in 42 homes and currently serves more than 60 children in foster care.


Referrals can be made by the Department of Social Services, the Department of Corrections, Tribal Social Services, school districts, medical and health professionals, ministers and parents.