Foster Care & Adoptions

428,00 children in the United States are in foster care.

What is foster care?
Foster care is the temporary care of children who cannot safely remain in their home.  Children in the legal custody of the Department of Social Services (DSS) are placed in a licensed foster home or group care facility that can best meet their needs while their parents work with DSS.

4623 children in South Carolina are in foster care.

Who are the children?
Children enter foster care because they cannot remain in their homes and be safe. The children have unique strengths and needs. Some are experiencing a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral or physical difficulties because of abuse and/or neglect. The children range in age from birth to 18 years old. 

Most children are in foster care temporarily. They need nurturing family homes for the duration of their stay in foster care. Some foster children who are waiting for adoption are placed in foster homes, group homes, or treatment facilities. They need families who will give them a home lasting into adulthood.

There are 2684 foster families in South Carolina.  1939 additional foster homes are needed.

Who are foster parents?
Foster parents are special people who recognize the special needs of children removed from a troubled home. With an investment of time, energy, love, and guidance, foster parents can make a difference in the lives of the children and families in need.

112,00 children in the United States are waiting to be adopted.

What is adoption?
Adoption is a beautiful way to provide a family for a child in need. There are children of all ages in need of a permanent home. Making sure children are in safe and, loving families is an important way that DSS strengthens families in South Carolina.

What is our ministry’s mission?
Our mission is to build a support group that can assist families and individuals with information about foster care and adoption through personal contacts within the St. Mary Magdalene parish family. We hope to raise awareness of the great need for foster and adoptive homes for our children here in South Carolina.

Want more information?
Please contact Sue Barrise at

Considering foster care adoption? Visit

Resources for Foster Care (SC foster parent information) 
Improving the lives of children as they struggle in foster care

Additional links for information are: 
FAQs Links: (domestic adoptions) (child welfare information) 

Resources for Adoption (adoption book information) (South Carolina adoption information) (printed resources on adoption) 

ACES- Adoption Coalition for Education and Support
(864) 322-2495

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