This month South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) recognizes the many families who open their homes and their hearts to children in the State’s foster care. With an investment of time, energy, love and guidance, foster families can make a difference in the lives of the children and birth families in need.
Currently, there are approximately 4,020 children in the foster care system in South Carolina. “South Carolina is in need of families that will open their homes and their hearts for children and youth who are in need of temporary support.” says Jessica Hanak-Coulter, DSS Deputy Chief of Human Services. Often children are being placed outside of their home county for foster care. “When children have to be placed outside of their county, it causes further disruption in their lives as they have to adjust not only to a new home environment, but a new school, new neighborhood and new norms,” she continued. DSS is working to change that using many strategies, including making the licensing process easier to understand and more user-friendly. Like every state, South Carolina is constantly in need of foster families, especially families to provide homes for children 9-17 years old. Homes are needed in every county and training and support is there for prospective foster parents.
To find out how to become a foster or adoptive family in South Carolina, please visit: the South Carolina Foster Parent Association (SCFPA) www.scfpa.com or Heartfelt Calling atwww.heartfeltcalling.org or 1-888-828-3555 or (803) 865-2020.
WHO: Cherokee County DSS and South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP)
WHAT: A Challenge to alleviate the foster care need in Cherokee County (information to encouraging fostering and support for fostering)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19th, 6:30-8:00 pm
WHERE: Encounter Church, 1905 N Limestone Street, Gaffney, SC 29340
Vendors and attendees can sign-up by calling Betsy Manning, 864-312-6700.
WHO: Foster Parent Association Appreciation Banquet (invitation only)
Lexington and Richland Counties:
WHO: DSS Region II Adoptions Hosting
WHAT: Bowling & Pizza Party/Adoption Mixer for our waiting children and our approved and waiting families
-DSS will host a few hours of bowling, pizza and fun as approved and waiting parents get an opportunity to meet children who are free for adoption. The children range in age from 8-17. Some prospective families are willing to be interviewed.
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