With approximately 4,700 children in the South Carolina foster care system, there is an overwhelming need for licensed foster parents. Children enter foster care for a multitude of different reasons. Regardless of anything else that has happened to these children in their homes, just entering foster care is a traumatic event.
Whatever reason they come into care we want to make sure they are loved and cared for while they are with a foster family.
The intent of foster care is to temporarily protect children in a healthy and stable environment when they cannot remain safely in their family home. The goal of foster care is reunification with the birth family.
Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved and it is clear that their parents are able to look after them safely. Others may stay in long-term foster care, some may be adopted, and others will move on to live independently.