In South Carolina, there is a growing number of extended family members or close family friends who care for a relative’s child. This practice is often referred to as kinship care and, in recent years has become known as a better alternative than placing children in the foster care system. However, many kinship families face obstacles and challenges due to the unanticipated responsibility of having to raise a child. 

The Kinship Care Initiative continues our mission to help others live out of poverty by advocating and raising awareness for families that are often overlooked due to their socioeconomic status.

The Initiative is dedicated to improving kinship families’ well-being, resources and services. This will be achieved through the development of a Kinship Care Task Force, grant making, and strategic partnerships with organizations that are committed to improving outcomes for kinship families. Our sincere hope as a Foundation is to increase permanency, stability and livelihood of kinship families so that children in our state live in safe, loving homes.

For more information, contact Ericka Wooten, Research and Policy Manager.