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.

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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. Fill Online Application
  2. Read our International Home Study Booklet
  3. Or Domestic Home Study  Booklet
  4. Sign SC Home Study Agreement
  5. 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 Survey

Congratulations on your adoption with Nightlight! We are so pleased to have played a role in building your family, and wish you the best for the future. In a continuous effort to improve our services, please take a few minutes and reflect on your experience with Nightlight.

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Please rate the following statements on a scale of 1 to 5.
1 = Strongly disagree 2 = Somewhat Disagree 3 = Neutral 4 = Somewhat agree 5 = Strongly agree

1. Paperwork was clear and understandable.
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2. Orientation was handled professionally and completed in a timely manner.
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3. Paperwork was sent to me, and processed after it was received in a timely manner.
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4. I feel prepared to parent my adopted child.
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5. I feel prepared and comfortable with the level of openness.
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6. The process was ethical and consistent with Biblical principles.
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7. The birthmother received excellent counseling and support.
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8. I would recommend Nightlight to a friend or family member.
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10. Communication with pregnancy counselor was comfortable in quality and quantity.
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11. I understand the matching process and was aware of where I was in the process.
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12. Fees were clearly explained, and billed and processed promptly.
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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.

 

Adoption Services for South Carolina Families

Nightlight Christian Adoptions 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: 8am-5pm M-F

Services Provided

Nightlight’s South Carolina Office provides Domestic, International and Embryo Adoption services, including adoption home study services for all South Carolina residents.  serving Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, and all of South Carolina.  The SC office also provides post adoption counseling.

South Carolina Team

 

South Carolina Home Study Survey

Congratulations on completing your home study! This is a major milestone in your adoption journey!
At Nightlight Christian Adoptions, we place a high value on providing the best possible services to our clients. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on our performance as your Home Study Provider. Please fill out this simple and quick survey and click send at the bottom of the page.

Basic Information on Your Family

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Survey Reflecting the Home Study Services You Were Provided

Please rate the following statements on a scale of 1 to 5.
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1. Instructions on the required home study paperwork were clear and understandable.
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If something was unclear, what instruction could be clarified?

2. Communication with the home study coordinator was comfortable in quality and quantity.
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4. Your home study was competed in a timely manner and met the time-frame given to you.
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5. The education requirements were understandable and easy to follow.
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If something was unclear, what instruction could be clarified?

6. The training and education you received was valuable and relevant.
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7. You feel more prepared to parent an adopted child than before you started your home study.
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8. The agency provided exceptional services and my over-all experience was good.
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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

Autism Advocacy: Fight the Good Fight for Them!

 

In March 2017 my husband, daughter and I welcomed our son/brother into our family through international adoption. Anthony and I were beyond grateful for Nightlight Christian Adoptions, our home study agency and our adoption agency, MLJ Adoptions International Inc. requiring so much education prior to traveling that gave us the tools to begin the attachment process and to help Jonathan journey down the path of healing and connection. As we settled in at home, we knew to best help Jonathan we needed further education and took a TBRI Caregiver course that gave us invaluable information and went in depth on explaining trauma and how it affects connection. We did several in home sessions with Amie Cooper, the Flourishing Families TBRI Practitioner, which took all that we had learned and really tailored it to Jonathan and our family. We saw improvements with each session.

After a year of sifting through behaviors and recognizing some that were outside of the trauma realms, we decided to have Jonathan evaluated by a psychologist. His behaviors did in fact fall on the autism spectrum. For us nothing changed by having this diagnosis but for Jonathan this meant that the world would have a better understanding on how to help him. Doors opened for Jonathan for therapies that he so desperately needed. The public school system was able to meet Jonathan where he was and give him assistance he needed.

God has truly put a dream team together that supports him in every aspect, they genuinely care for him as a whole person and us. Now don’t get me wrong, it did take some time to find the right people but you are your child’s greatest advocate in every area! Fight the good fight for them. The best advice I could give a parent would be, don’t settle and trust your instincts because this can be portrayed as an invisible disability.

Because Jonathan sees the world differently, he has taught me to slow down, to look at the details. And I have learned more about dinosaurs and the human body than I ever knew! He really likes dinosaurs and learning how things work. When I look in his eyes, I see a child that is smart, brave and strong. I am so proud of Jonathan and all that he has accomplished. With his schedule full of therapies, he works harder than most kids his age. The first time I saw him draw a flower it brought tears to my eyes, to me it wasn’t just a flower, I saw all the hours his resource teacher, OT and so many more has poured onto him helping him. How do you say thank you to those people? The people that are helping our son manage his world around him, to learn skills that for most take for granted.

We truly believe being able to have the strong foundation established at the beginning through TBRI practices along with the help of Flourishing Families, we were able to enter into the second year advocating for Jonathan successfully as we continued to connect and grow as a family. Jonathan has already touched so many people in his life I know God has big plans for him and am humbled to be able to be his mom and to see God work in his life.

If you are a foster or adoptive family in the State of South Carolina, be sure to check out Flourishing Families and the services they provide at https://www.flourishingfamiliessc.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Anthony and Jennifer G.