17 Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
Facts to Ponder
In fiscal year 2016, there were 18,398 cases of child maltreatment investigated in South Carolina.
The Department of Social Services in SC generally has one foster family for every four children in care.
SC has the greatest number of children in foster care in institutions/group care than any other state in the nation.
The Upstate area of SC is short 500 standard-level foster homes.
Oconee County currently needs about 90 foster families (May/2017).
Nationally, half of all foster families quit within a year after their first placement.
54% of the kids adopted from DSS last year were adopted by their foster parents, so recruitment is never-ending since many of these families stop fostering to focus on their new child’s needs.
There are over 450 children in SC legally free for adoption, and we believe that by connecting foster children to caring community members we can find more kids forever homes.
Help us break the cycles of addiction, abuse, and neglect that are trapping our state’s children. A recent report noted that in the United States, over 60% of children and adults tied into sex-trafficking came out of the foster care system.
Multiple states have prison populations where over half of the male population was once in foster care.
Sadly, over half of girls who age out of foster care are pregnant within two years, and the cycle repeats itself into the next generation where children of former foster care children come into foster care.
Foster children need more than just a shelter. They need love, nurturing, stability, education, accountability, and hope. There are simply not enough foster families to do this exhausting but worthwhile work. The significant deficit of foster homes means children are often moved far away from their biological families, community, and schools to other parts of the state, siblings are split up, and at times, children sleep in multiple homes weekly and/or monthly. We want to help foster parents try to maintain placements so that children are moved around less.