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Strength, compassion, humanity and personal stories take many different shapes at LSS. It is where all people are healthy, safe and accepted. It is where all communities are vital and welcoming. LSS is where people of all ages and faiths are welcome, families of all kinds and communities of all sizes. LSS is where life stories take shape.

Where Life Stories Take Shape

Last year, LSS helped to transform the lives of South Dakotans 27,759 times with diverse and vital services statewide. But to see the whole picture and truly understand LSS, you have to see what is missing. You may know us as one specific service, but there is so much more. LSS helps individuals, families and communities of all shapes and forms. All have a place at LSS.

LSS is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, a ministry of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA, a member of Lutheran Services in America, a United Way agency and licensed by the State of South Dakota.

LSS Services
Adoption  Services • Alternatives to Detention • Behavioral Health Services • Better Together • Center for Financial Resources • Center for New Americans • Childcare & Education • Disaster Response Services • Foster Care Services • Independent Living Services • Kinship Services • Mentoring Services • Pregnancy Counseling Services • Re-Entry Services • Residential Services for Children & Youth • Resource Family Services • LSS Cares Wraparound Services

News & Events

This April, we honor the history, tradition and vision of LSS through South Dakota CARES, a statewide week of giving featuring program site tours, online giving challenges and social celebrations! Join us and be part of our vision by making a donation during our biggest fundraising event of the year! Go to to learn […]

LSS Adoption Services and Pregnancy Counseling Services At age 17, a young woman found herself in a very difficult situation. She was pregnant. As overwhelming as the news was, she was excited and dreamt of her family, their future together and all of the possibilities yet to come. Unfortunately, life had a different plan in […]