March 21, 2018

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina holds state’s first Kinship Care Day at the Capitol

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina held South Carolina’s first Kinship Care Day at the Capitol March 20 outside the state’s capitol building in Columbia. The gathering included grandparents, state legislators, South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) representatives, and numerous local kinship care supporters.

The event was designed to honor the voices and stories of caregivers who did not allow life circumstances or hardships to interfere with caring for the children in their lives, while also providing them an opportunity to meet their legislators and meet other people from around the state who are committed to uplifting their stories.

During the gathering, kinship caregivers shared their compelling stories with the audience. Several elected officials also spoke, as did DSS Director Susan Alford.

“Looking out at all of you, I am encouraged,” Alford said to the audience.

Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to as fictive kin). Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it maintains the children's connections with their families.

Chynna Phillips, research and policy associate at the foundation, and Kim Clifton, executive director of HALOS, appeared on Good Day Columbia on WACH Fox 57 last week to talk about Kinship Care Day at the Capitol and about kinship care in general. Click here to watch their segment.

HALOS is a foundation grantee that works to provide support and advocacy to abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, launched its Kinship Care Initiative in early 2014 to continue the foundation’s mission to help others live out of poverty by advocating and raising awareness for families that are often overlooked due to their socioeconomic status.

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