Resources for Families caring for a foster child
As May 2021, 70% of foster children are in family-like homes, over 14% are in congregate care and nearly 15% are in kinship care. Carolina Family Engagement Center is connecting with community organizations to ensure foster families have equitable access to public education, regardless of a child’s guardianship circumstances.
Here are some resources that can help:
Local foster care support groups:
South Carolina Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program - voices for children in foster care.
South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy - Eastover - residential program for at-risk boys and girls ages 16-18½.
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth - services for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
State Office of Victim Assistance - Columbia - SC Governor's Office - provides compensation to victims of crime and train victim service providers.
South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy- Columbia-based - combating high rates of teen pregnancy in SC.
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families - Columbia-based - works to reduce poverty through fatherhood engagement.
Guide to Financial Empowerment for Youth Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care -https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/resources-for-foster-youth-aging-out/