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Fostering Blog

 
January 19, 2020

Step One: Become an SC Foster or Adopt Family

The journey to and through foster care is not an easy one, but the more we understand the process and adjust our expectations, the better we […]
January 6, 2020

A Powerful Voice for Change: What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

Guardian Ad Litems (GALs) or Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) get to visit children in foster care and build relationships with them, taking the time to […]
November 13, 2019

10 Items Every Foster Home Needs Before The First Placement

I remember starting the foster care licensing process and not really knowing anything about what to expect. Every time the case worker was coming over I’d […]
November 11, 2019

How Does the Foster Care Placement Process Work?

Every foster parent remembers their first placement call. The anxiety. The excitement. Today on #FosterFridayLive, Martha, a Placement Coordinator for SC DSS Upstate Foster Family and Licensing […]
October 28, 2019

Struggling to Navigate Healthcare: Advice for Foster Parents

Children often come into foster care with some type of health issue or concern that has been previously untreated. We know that trauma and adversity impact […]
October 28, 2019

Meet DSS State Director Mike Leach: A Man Determined to Get Things Right

Mike Leach became the State Director for South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) just five short months ago, and he’s already creating positive changes for […]
October 10, 2019

Do SC Foster Parents Get Financial Assistance?

Understanding the SC Foster Care Stipend Money is always a touchy subject. Nobody wants to ask, but everyone wants to know- “do foster parents get paid?” […]
September 23, 2019

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Respite Care

Have you ever heard that foster care “takes a village?” It truly does! We are all in this crazy journey together, my friends. We all occasionally […]
August 13, 2019

SC Foster Home Fire Inspections

“It feels impossible to become a licensed foster home in South Carolina.” Have you ever heard someone say that before? Have you said that? It’s normal […]
August 7, 2019

What is Respite? The Easiest Way to Ease Into Foster Parenting

If you are considering becoming licensed for foster care, offering respite to current foster families can be a great way to ease yourself in slowly, while […]
June 19, 2019

5 Questions I Had About Foster Parenting Before Starting – You Probably Have Them Too!

*Note: This post was originally written in June 2019. Whitney mentions part of their foster home licensing involved a lead paint inspection. As of July 2019, […]
June 25, 2018

Heavy Loads: A DSS Case Manager’s Perspective

As someone who was placed in foster care (as a child) and also worked placing children in foster care (as a case worker in my young […]
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