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Meet Our Kinship Care Council Members

What is Kinship Care? Kinship care is the most widely used out of home placement arrangement, where a relative or other adult known to the family takes a child to raise, to prevent foster care placement. The primary purpose of placing a child with a kinship caregiver is to maintain a child’s familial, cultural, and community ties, to provide safety and stability, and to enable a child to live in the least restrictive environment. These families are represented in all regions of our state, socio-economic levels, and races/ethnicities. Across South Carolina, over 69,000 children were in kinship care placement between 2018-2020 (KIDS COUNT data). Most data sources have yet to truly capture the number of informal placements that is seen within communities, and because of the wide array of nuances that exist for families in both formal and informal placements, The South Carolina Kinship Advisory Council was formed, in 2016. The Council is a membership group of caregivers and multisector partners from across the state whose work intersects with kinship care families. The Council’s purpose is to raise awareness statewide on the challenges kinship families face by lifting their voices to key stakeholders while offering practice and policy recommendations to strengthen resources, engagement and supports for kinship families. The work of this council has created statewide and virtual days at the state capitol, informative Tele-town halls, Research, legislative feedback, and suggestions to South Carolina Department of Social Services, which has now created its own internal Kinship Advisory Panel made of current kin caregivers living within each DSS region.

Members

Bryan Boroughs

Institute for Child Success

Tiffany Allen

ChildFocus

Dawn Barton

South Carolina Department of Social Services

Sue Berkowitz

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Megan Branham

Family Connection of South Carolina

Jennifer Brewton

Prisma Health

Kim Clifton

HALOS

Emma Galligan

National Youth Advocate Program - SC

Brennon Graham

Growing Home Southeast, Inc.

Keisha Gray

Mary Black Foundation

Josh Gupta-Kagan

University of South Carolina School of Law

Kimberly Janha

Kindred Hearts South Carolina, Inc.

Iona Jenkins

Generations United Grand Voices Network SC Representative

Keonte Jenkins-Davis

SAFY of South Carolina

Lyman Legters

Casey Family Programs

Denise Mackendrick

National Youth Advocate Program - SC

Wendy McConnell

Richland School District Two Kinship Care Support Group

Kim Perry

Pendleton Place

Chynna Phillips

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Phillip Redmond

The Duke Endowment

Shealy Reibold

Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

LaShunda Stewart

Richland School District Two

Kathleen Warthen

South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense

David White

Fostering Great Ideas

Beth Williams

Epworth Children's Home

Tamika Williams

The Duke Endowment

Christina wilson

Child Abuse Prevention Association

Yanfeng Xu

University of South Carolina School of Social Work

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