THANK YOU, Katrina’s Kids and Senator Katrina Shealy, for the generous donation to Smart Fun, Strong Kids. Thanks to Katrina’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that is the brainchild of Katrina Shealy, SC Senate, more South Carolina children in foster care and group homes will have the opportunity to participate in programs that are often referred to as “extracurricular or “after-school” activities. We agree with Katrina’s Kids that “kids that participate in these activities become better students, stay in school, graduate and are more likely to go on to college. They make friends with people they like, and even learn to deal with those they don’t. They gain confidence in themselves and their abilities and develop into well-rounded young adults with bright futures ahead of them. And the best part is they usually have fun doing this!" For more information on how to apply, contact Jean Ross at 803-727-7633 or
To bring together resource parents, agency representatives and members of the community to promote mutual coordination, cooperation and communication in an effort to encourage
recruitment and retention of resource families with a heartfelt calling for the purpose of improving the system and enhancing the lives of all children and their families.
One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like.
But the world may be a little better
because I was important in the life of a child.
The South Carolina Foster Parent Association (SCFPA) was founded by Carl Brown in 1975. Carl and his wife, Mary, began fostering children in 1974. Heavily involved in the National Foster Parent Association, they quickly realized the need for a state association.
In the 40 years since it was formed, the SCFPA has served as infrastructure and support for SC foster parents. Presently, there 41 county or county-cluster organizations serving all 46 SC counties; each with its own elected officials and DSS liaison. County/County-Cluster Presidents convene quarterly to ensure effective communication statewide with regard to training, legislation affecting the foster care system and other pertinent issues.
The SCFPA has established a number of programs designed to assist foster parents in providing for the needs of the children in their care; programs that benefit the children from an academic standpoint as well as socially, psychologically, and emotionally.