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A merge of two organizations, providing more for special needs

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Two organizations in Sioux Falls are looking to maximize the potential of kids and adults with special needs.

After much consideration, both organizations are now looking at a future as one.

South Dakota Achieve and Children's Care have been around South Dakota for decades. They both have similar missions to provide care, education and basic services to help kids and adults with special needs grow and become part of society.

Both, now looking into a chance to merge, become one which could make a world of difference.

"The things we're doing here is a stepping stone to go out into the community," Allene Flora.

Allene Flora is a Children's Care special education teacher with a focus on vocational teaching. In other words, she helps students learn to become productive, working members of society.

"I could be retired but I'm so excited about what they're doing and who they're becoming that I will be here until I can no longer be here," Allene Flora said.

One thing Flora also looks forward to is a possible merger with South Dakota Achieve to give a little more certainty to the successful futures of her students.

Angie Brown, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, agrees.

"There's no other place like this in South Dakota or even in the region. It's important to have us here for families or school districts who can't meet the needs of their children. it's a place they can live, receive medical services, education services, and move home or the next phase of their lives," Angie Brown said.

Flora says a merger would not only help her students become successful, but develop marketable skills.

"Not knowing what's coming, soon I have to have a place for my child to go, an adult placement where they'll be safe, familiar, you can't replace that kind of a feeling for parents because they want to know where their child's going to go, knowing they will be successful to the best of their ability," Allene Flora said.

South Dakota Achieve President Anne McFarland says she's thrilled to explore the opportunity to merge with Children's Care in order to provide seamless transition and the blending of expertise for families in the region.

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