Governor Nikki Haley joined South Carolina’s child welfare director Wednesday, along with foster parents and child advocates from across the state, to kick off the “Champions for Children” foster care recruitment campaign.
The campaign aims to recruit approximately 1,500 new licensed foster care families across the state in order to provide stability and well-being for children in the agency’s care.
“We are kicking off the ‘Champions for Children’ recruitment drive to find families who are willing to share their love, share their homes, and share their lives with children in need,” said Haley Wednesday at the capitol.
Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Susan Alford said her agency is streamlining the selection procedures for families. “We felt that there was some work to do to make sure that the process that we use to license foster parents was as efficient as we could make it,” she told reporters outside the Governor’s Office.
“We’re honored to have Governor Haley’s support and attention to our efforts of recruiting foster families. We are committed to identifying and securing safe, caring homes for South Carolina’s children.”
Alford said DSS is making several changes to encourage more foster families. Those include hiring additional licensed staff, creating a new Family Support Unit to aid foster parents and partnering with the state’s Department of Labor and Licensing and Regulation to help them conduct inspections of foster homes
Alford said her agency launched a new website specifically for current and prospective foster parents: www.scfamilies.org.