South Carolina Foster Care

South Carolina Foster Care & Adoption

You can make a positive and lifelong impact in the life of a foster child

Foster Care Agency in South Carolina

Your Nightlight foster care team will encourage and guide you into becoming a successful foster parent. We’re here to be your advocate and help you navigate the child welfare system.

You can provide a temporary safe family setting for foster children. The need is great.  There are more than 4,000 children in foster care in South Carolina and less than 3,000 foster homes. Help give a foster child security, love and guidance

FOSTER CARE

Foster children may become available for South Carolina foster adoption while being cared for by you as a foster parent. Permanent placement in your family is a possibility if no family members are able to adopt the child. 

ADOPTING YOUR FOSTER CHILD

The greatest foster adoption need is for children aged 9 and older and for sibling groups who desire to live together in a permanent family. There are many children in South Carolina foster care waiting for a home.

FOSTER ADOPTION

Nightlight helps you navigate the South Carolina foster care program

Nightlight Healing Homes Foster Care Advocates have small caseloads, enabling them to provide you with individual attention. We are an experienced team that will help you become established as a short-term foster parent, a respite foster home or a permanent foster adopting family.

Your foster care team will be available to help you become a successful foster parent.  We are here to listen, advocate, pray, encourage, and provide comprehensive training.

Our greatest need is for foster parents who are open to children aged 9-years and older. Children from all backgrounds and potentially sibling groups. 

Our emphasis is on training and supporting you to become a successful foster parent. We want to help you maintain a healthy family while caring and supporting the needs of your foster child. 

Lisa Richardson

How do I become a foster parent in South Carolina?

Steps to becoming a foster parent can seem complicated, but your Nightlight foster care team will guide you through the process. Here is an overview of the steps.

  • Meet the team. Schedule a time to speak with our staff to learn more about the foster care program. We can help you determine if foster care is a good fit for your family.
  • Complete an application. Nightlight staff will review your application to make sure you meet state requirements. South Carolina requires that foster parents are at least 21 years of age. You may rent or own a home, however you must have a separate bedroom for the child. Foster parents must also pass background checks and have adequate financial and emotional resources to meet the needs of the child.  
  • Foster Parent Orientation. Attend an orientation meeting with your Nightlight Foster Care Advocate. Complete the state required 14-hours of foster care training through Heartfelt Calling.
  • Home Study Completion. The home study includes in-depth interviews with you and with all members of your household. A home safety check will be completed by Nightlight and your home will be visited by the local Fire Marshall. The home study process helps us ensure we are finding the right fit for your family and that you are prepared for the journey ahead. 
  • Prepare for Your Child’s Arrival. Nightlight staff will contact you about referrals for children needing families. We desire for every child to matched with a family who meets the unique needs of the child. We will walk with you during this process, making sure to address your concerns and hopes for your family. We are available and ready to support you as needed.

“We have found every staff member we have had contact with to be amazing. The phrase ‘not all super-heroes wear capes’ comes to mind.  Thank you Nightlight for all you do for us and countless other families.”

Ethan and Anna

Foster Parent Training

Our training calendar for 2020 is now available. Please check here to find a location near you!

 

South Carolina Fostering Love Adoption

South Carolina Foster Agency

When you decide to become a foster or foster adoptive parent you provide a child in need with a safe and stable family environment.  Life for these kids can be uncertain and chaotic. At Nightlight, we are seeking parents who have the compassion to love and the courage to care for them. Our expert team will equip you with trauma-informed training and guide you each step of the way.

In the Foster Care and Fostering Love Adoption Programs, single applicants, families without children and families with other children are welcome. Successful foster and foster adoptive parents are: flexible, stable, mature, dependable and patient. Foster and adoptive families should have realistic expectations of the children they adopt, have the ability to advocate for their children, and be able to work as a team with other family members, their social worker and other human services professionals.

Working with a private adoption agency for foster care and foster adoption has many advantages. Our case managers have small caseloads and can offer more individualized attention. Additionally, our staff have experience in facilitating adoptions domestically and internationally. Our training offers the most current and cutting edge information available.

Whether you are looking to foster or adopt from foster care, Nightlight will complete your foster care and/or adoption home study and provide you with ongoing training and support.  If you are looking to adopt from foster care, Nightlight will also assist you in creating a profile and networking locally and nationwide.

Of the 400,000 children in foster care in the US, 100,000 are immediately available for adoption. In South Carolina alone, there are more than 4,000 children in foster care and less than 3,000 foster families.  There are more than 500 children in South Carolina between the ages of 2 and 18 waiting in the public welfare system for their permanent family. The majority of the children who are legally free for adoption are school age.

Foster children come from every social, economic, and ethnic background. Abuse, neglect and other family issues prevent these children from living with their birth parents. The children available through the Foster Care Program may

  • Be six years of age and older
  • Be a part of a sibling group who must be placed together
  • Occasionally be under the age of six
  • Have developmental, physical, behavioral, or emotional disabilities
  • Most of the children have no overt health problems, but because of the abuse, neglect, or trauma they may have experienced, all will need parents who can meet their special emotional needs

Children in the Fostering Love Adoption Program may

  • Be ten years of age and older
  • Be part of a sibling group who must be placed together
  • Be African American, Hispanic, or Caucasian
  • Have developmental, physical, behavioral, or emotional disabilities
  • Most of the children have no overt health problems, but because of the abuse, neglect, or trauma they may have experienced, all will need parents who can meet their special emotional needs

You can make a difference in the life of a child waiting for their forever family. Your child is waiting to meet you!

Click here to view our overview of the South Carolina foster program

Click here to view South Carolina children available to adopt from foster care.

Nightlight’s South Carolina office can help you adopt a child who is currently in Foster Care. For more information please contact our South Carolina Office at 864-268-0570 or foster.sc@nightlight.org.

Start Your Adoption Inquiry Today

Do you have questions about which adoption program is right for you? We have answers. Complete this brief inquiry form. It’s the first step in getting started with your adoption today!
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South Carolina Home Study

SC home studyEligibility Requirements for South Carolina Home Studies

Nightlight® Christian Adoptions is licensed by the state of South Carolina to select suitable families for children needing adoption. The selection of adoptive parents is based on their eligibility to meet state and agency requirements, their capacity for adoptive parenthood, and the availability of children whose needs they can meet.

RESIDENCE

Nightlight’s South Carolina office can perform Agency Adoptions only for families living in South Carolina. Other Domestic adoption services are available to families throughout the United States. Please contact our office for specific details.

RELIGION

Applicants must be committed to providing their child with a constructive, wholesome and spiritual home environment.

HEALTH

Adoptive applicants must give evidence of good health, both physical and mental, which will be verified during the application process by medical examinations and psychological evaluations.

AGE

None; however, birthmothers tend to prefer families in their 30’s or early 40’s.

MARRIAGE

Adoptive applicants are encouraged to have been married long enough to provide the couple sufficient time to establish a home, financial security, and to adjust to the marriage as well as to each other. Married applicants must have a satisfying and secure marriage. Single parents are eligible to adopt if they meet the qualifications of a stable home environment, financial security and have a strong support network of family and friends. However, few birthmothers will choose single parents when married couples are available.

EDUCATION

Classes and reading are required of adoptive families pertaining to parenting skills and adoption issues. Our goal is to prepare you to be the best parents possible for your child.

FINANCES

Adopting parents must be able to provide a financially stable home, demonstrated by a solid credit history and ability to live within their means.

PREGNANCY

Before you begin the adoption process, you need to complete all your infertility treatments so you can truly be ready to be the best parent for your adopted child. If you become pregnant while in the adoption process, notify our office immediately. We will place your file on hold. When you are ready to consider adoption again – generally at least when your child is nearing their first birthday – call us to discuss re-activating your file.

ADOPTION OF SUBSEQUENT CHILDREN

In order to have adequate time for attachment and bonding, it is important to have a minimum of one year with the child/ren in the home before beginning another adoption.

HOME STUDY SERVICES GETTING STARTED CHECKLIST

We would love to see you at one of our free information seminars! These seminars are an excellent way to have your preliminary questions answered, get to know the Nightlight staff and meet other families beginning the adoption process. For more information or to RSVP, visit Adoption Seminars Page or call the office at (864) 268-0570.

How do we get started?

  1. Contact Amy for a link to the online application.
  2. Read our International Home Study Booklet
  3. Or Domestic Home Study  Booklet
  4. Send your check for  $1250 for Domestic or $2100 for International home study fee

Begin the Home Study
Once we receive your Application paperwork and payment, we will send you the home study checklist, which contains the necessary paperwork for completing the home study. Once we receive your initial home study paperwork, we will assign you a certified adoption investigator.

Please read the enclosed information before you submit your application. If you have any questions please contact Amy Eudy, Home Study Manager, by phone at (864) 268-0570 or by e-mail at amy.eudy@Nightlight.org.

South Carolina Domestic Adoption Program

Eligibility Requirements

sc collageNightlight® Christian Adoptions is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services to select suitable families for children needing adoption. The selection of adoptive parents is based on their eligibility to meet state and agency requirements, foreign country requirements (if applicable), their capacity for adoptive parenthood, and the availability of children whose needs they can meet.

RESIDENCE

Nightlight can perform Agency Adoptions for families living anywhere in the United States. Please refer to the “Domestic Adoption Services Agreement” in the Domestic Application PDF for details regarding the types of domestic services available.

RELIGION

Applicants must be committed to providing their child with a constructive, wholesome and spiritual home environment.

HEALTH

Adoptive applicants must give evidence of good health, both physical and mental, which will be verified during the application process by medical examinations and psychological evaluations.

AGE

None; however, birthmothers tend to prefer families in their 30’s or early 40’s.

MARRIAGE

Adoptive applicants are encouraged to have been married long enough to provide the couple sufficient time to establish a home, financial security, and to adjust to the marriage as well as to each other. Married applicants must have a satisfying and secure marriage. Single parents are eligible to adopt if they meet the qualifications of a stable home environment, financial security and have a strong support network of family and friends. However, few birthmothers will choose single parents when married couples are available.

EDUCATION

Our goal is to prepare you to be the best parents possible for your child. Therefore, we require classes and reading pertaining to parenting skills and adoption issues.

FINANCES

Adopting parents must be able to provide a financially stable home, demonstrated by a solid credit history and ability to live within their means.

PREGNANCY

Before you begin the adoption process, you need to complete all your infertility treatments so you can truly be ready to be the best parent for your adopted child. If you become pregnant while in the adoption process, notify our office immediately. We will place your file on hold. When you are ready to consider adoption again – generally at least when your child is nearing their first birthday – call us to discuss re-activating your file.

ADOPTION OF SUBSEQUENT CHILDREN

In order to have adequate time for attachment and bonding, it is important to have a minimum of one year with the child/ren in the home before beginning placement of another child in the home. Please take this into consideration when starting the adoption process.

DOMESTIC ADOPTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For answers to your questions about domestic adoption, visit the Domestic Adoption FAQ’s Section

SOUTH CAROLINA DOMESTIC ADOPTION GETTING STARTED CHECKLIST

We would love to see you at one of our free information seminars! These seminars are an excellent way to have your preliminary questions answered, get to know the Nightlight staff and meet other families beginning the adoption process. Seminars are held every 2 months. Call the office for more information and to RSVP for an upcoming seminar.

How do we get started?

  • Contact Nichole Chase for a link to the Online application
  • Read our Domestic Adoption Booklet found on the Domestic Adoption page and sign the Domestic Agreement w/ fee schedule.
  • Begin the Home Study.

Once we receive your Application paperwork, we will send you the orientation packet, which contains the necessary paperwork to get started on your adoption journey.

Please read the information provided and FAQs before submitting your application. If you have questions, contact Nichole Chase, Domestic Adoption Coordinator, by phone at (864) 268-0570 or by e-mail at Nichole.Chase@nightlight.org.

 

South Carolina Adoption Agency Services

Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Greer, South Carolina Adoption Agency

A South Carolina Adoption Agency location for Nightlight Christian Adoptions

955 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 5A
Greer, SC 29650

Phone: (864) 268-0570
Fax: (864) 370-0036
Open: 8:00 am-5:00 pm M-F

Adoption Services We Provide

The Nightlight Adoption Agency office in Greer, SC provides the following services:

Our office works with individuals and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy. We will help you learn about your options so you can make an informed decision about what is best for your baby and for you.

Providing South Carolina adoption agency services to families throughout South Carolina.

South Carolina Team

Previously known as Carolina Hope Adoption Agency we are now pleased to be a part of the Nightlight Christian Adoptions family.

Readoption -vs- domestication: finalizing an international adoption in South Carolina

The following information is adapted from the post-adoption support files here at Carolina Hope. Note that this information is directly applicable only to SC residents who have adopted from overseas. The information provided here should not be construed as legal advice, for which you should see a qualified attorney.

Once you are home with your child, it is important to get a State-issued birth certificate for him or her. Here in South Carolina you have a choice between doing a domestication of the adoption — which you can do without an attorney — or readoption, which requires the help of an attorney. Both domestication and readoption will give you a South Carolina-issued birth certificate.

If you came home on an IR-3 visa, your child became a U.S. citizen as soon as your plane landed in the States. So why choose readoption rather than domestication? The main reason is that readoption terminates under South Carolina law any rights of your child’s birth parents over your child. Carolina Hope has had more than one incident in which an overseas orphanage was shut down, and the orders of adoption for children from that orphanage were nullified. While this is not common, it is a very serious thing, and readopting your child here in the U.S. will strongly affirm the legality of your child’s adoption and help prevent its being called into question. Continue reading

State Adoption Laws: South Carolina

Taken from The Complete Adoption Book by Laura Beauvais-Godwin, Director of Carolina Hope (pp. 455-456).

TheCompleteAdoptionBookCan an attorney serve as an intermediary?
Yes. A person who facilitates an adoption is not required to be licensed.

Is advertising permitted?
Yes.

Who must consent to the adoption?
1. The birth mother.
2. The birth father, if he is married to the birth mother or if he states that he is the biological parent and has either lived with the birth mother for six months or more before the child was born or has paid medical and other expenses during the mother’s pregnancy.

When can consent be taken from the birth mother (father), and how long after the consent is signed can it be revoked? Continue reading

Carolina Hope directors make trip to Ethiopia

Tomorrow, January 17, Carolina Hope’s Director of International Programs, Lisa Prather, and Director of Ministry Outreach, Dan Cruver, will be traveling to Ethiopia along with a professional camera man (on loan from another ministry, which has generously made him available to us). The purpose of the trip is to conduct research for Carolina Hope’s Ethiopia adoption program, minister to the orphans, and to document the people, culture, and needs in order to create a promotional video.

Below is the (slightly edited) text of an email from our Ethiopia adoption coordinator (himself an Ethiopian) who will be Lisa and Dan’s guide during their trip:

I am excited to see you here in Addis Ababa. I am also very happy that you like to visit other places to get a better understanding of the people, culture, and scenery of Ethiopia. I have chosen the Southern part of the country for you to visit. It is known for its huge population, diversified culture, and natural resources. There are high number of orphaned and abandoned children in the area.

On the 18 of January you shall meet some of officials at the Ministry of Women, Ministry of Justice and Addis Ababa City Administration Civil and Social affairs office. Continue reading

Georgia Pregnancy Counselor

Pregnancy Counselor
Email: paige.lindquist@nightlight.org

Text or Call: (706) 380-4936

Favorite Adoption Story: When I was in college, I was friends with an amazing woman who loved the Lord and participated regularly in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After college, she became pregnant and knew that adoption was her best option, despite the opinions of friends and family. I was so in awe of her courage and that really inspired me to learn more about the adoption process. She now has an open adoption and will occasionally visit the family and her son. She now writes blog posts for other women who are considering adoption.

Education: I’m a graduate from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. I’m also pursuing a Masters in Youth Development Leadership online through Clemson University. Prior to working with Nightlight, I was a Child Support Specialist through Clemson University for the South Carolina Department of Social Services

Responsibilities: I am the Domestic Program Coordinator in the Georgia office. My work include educating and assisting adoptive families, as well as birth parents, who are considering adoption. I assist you throughout your adoption placement by ensuring both parties are making an informed decision, connecting them to resources, facilitating match meetings between the birth parents and prospective adoptive parents, and offers continual support.

 



Foster Care

Become a Foster Parent

Open Your Heart & Your Home to a Foster Child in Your Community

Personal Family-Based Care

Our staff of experienced, passionate individuals care about you and your family both now and in the future as you become a safe and loving foster home.

Nightlight Foster Care Advocates intentionally maintain a small caseload, allowing us to be attentive to helping you navigate your state foster care agency program.

Friendly, educated and ministry-minded staff members provide you with emotional and spiritual support as a foster parent before, during and after your placement.

We host year-round events, both fun and educational, for our foster parents and foster kids. When you choose to work with Nightlight, you become part of an extended support family.

And whoever welcomes one such child in my name
welcomes me.

Matthew 18:5

The Support You Need to Become a Foster Parent

Nightlight is not simply looking for housing we’re looking for foster homes with loving, nurturing and patient parents. 

  • We help you navigate the foster care system, providing guidance every step of the way.
  • We will represent you throughout your state and out-of-state organizations to help you achieve the right placement for your family.
  • At Nightlight, we provide training not just for you, but for everyone in your immediate family.  We’ll make sure you’re ready to accommodate the needs of a new family member from foster care.
  • Our experienced staff will teach you strategies for helping children who have experienced trauma.
  • We are here for you. Your Foster Care Advocate is available not just to answer questions, but to ideas for parenting success and emotional support when needed.
  • We’ll help you get connected to the many human support services available within your state.

States We Serve

Our experienced Nightlight employees provide personalized guidance for foster families in each of the states listed below. Your foster care journey becomes our journey. Learn more about foster care and adoption in your state and how you may share love, hope and stability to a foster child.

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Nightlight! They are an amazing adoption agency. We are foster parents and I can’t imagine going through the foster care system without Nightlight by our side, no matter what. They have helped us understand the foster system. They have provided us with the education and support we needed for our children. They are there in the rough times and the good times. We love Nightlight and are so happy in our partnership with them.”

Katie M.