Enlighten. Encourage. Equip.
We are a faith-based non-profit organization that encourages and equips foster families and the children they love.
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 100 foster families, and Pickens County needs 91 (August/2018).
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.
We know that not everyone can foster, so Fostering Faithfully bridges the gap between those who need help and those who want to help.
- Relationally, we connect foster children to the community that cares for them by providing a support network for families who choose to foster.
- Economically, we support foster families through a robust resource/clothing center, meals, and care bags while also connecting donors to foster families that may need financial support through mini-grants approved by our board.
- Emotionally, we connect foster parents to each other through a support group and an entire community of caring individuals in loving, nurturing relationships.