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Foster and Adoptive Parents Always Needed
1/15/2015 4:09:59 PM

A recent case of an infant being abandoned in Chesterfield County has sparked a great deal of interest in fostering and adoption. According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), there are currently 3,746 children in foster care.  There are 537 children in South Carolina who are legally free for adoption.  Last year, DSS helped place more than 400 children in forever families.


And although the infant recently abandoned in Chesterfield has generated nationwide interest, thousands of children in South Carolina are in need of caring, quality foster homes. Persons may apply to adopt or become a foster parent by contacting Heartfelt Calling, a DSS partner program at 888-828-3555 or visiting their website at


Heartfelt Calling is a program of the South Carolina Foster Parent Association whose mission is to recruit foster and adoptive families who can provide a safe and loving home for children who cannot remain safely to their current home. They are dedicated to recruiting and training families so that the best needs of the child are served during the time of separation. 


Another resource for DSS adoption is the South Carolina Heart Gallery, a collaborative program administered and supported by the Children’s Foster Care Review Board - Office of the Governor and the DSS. This unique partnership enhances adoption recruitment opportunities for waiting children. Local photographers donate their services to provide portraits of children available for adoption, which are displayed in public venues around the state.  For information visit their website at or call them at 803-734-2595.


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