More than 30 children need foster care

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 First at Five, June 5, 2007

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC--Children in Edgefield County need foster families. Right now, the Department of Social Services trying to find temporary homes for more than 30 boys and girls.

A lot of these children are born into families who use drugs, who are abusive, or who ignore them altogether. These kids need temporary homes; however, there is only one foster family in the entire county.

That foster family has been opening their home for nine years.

"We just love children. We love them, and they give us a lot back." Says the foster father, whose name cannot be identified.

He says it was a calling from God. They started with two biological kids, then they adopted four. Now, they're also taking care of five foster children.

"Once they figure out we have they're best interest in mind, they open up and they call us ma and pa." Said the foster father.

Children live with families like this while the Department of Social Services tries to find them a permanent home. But since there aren't enough foster families in Edgefield County, they have to send the children to other parts of the state. Human Service Program Coordinator Desiree Council says, in some cases, that means brothers and sisters have to split up.

"They have to leave their school, they have to leave their friends, they have to leave everything they know to go into a totally unknown environment." She said.

Edgefield's foster family is doing everything they can to keep that from happening.

"When you see them smile and see them happy, when you know they wouldn't be here without's hard to put into words." He said.

If you want to help, call Tanya Figueroa at the Department of Social Services. Dial 803-637-4040, ext. 118. There is a screening process and a background check for people who are interested.

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  • by Lynna or Gary Location: Ridge Spring on Jun 11, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    Can you become a foster parent to a county you don't live in?
  • by Concerned Location: Thomson on Jun 6, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    I pray that god will intervene in the lives of these children and find them good loving homes. I have the most compassion and love for children and elderly if I could I would probalby take them all in and take care of them. These people having children and not talking care of them need to be fixed where they can't keep having children. There needs to be a law passed if you have a child and continue to take drugs and neglect your child to the point it has to be took then you sure don't need anymore. They are people out there that would love to have children and can't then you got ones that just keep having children and have no intentions of taking care of them. My heart goes out to every homeless child and every elderly person. I know I can't do it all but if I could I would surely try.
  • by Mika Location: Augusta Ga on Jun 5, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    I really thinks it's great idea to try and find homes for the kids.
  • by SES Location: GA on Jun 5, 2007 at 05:50 PM
    Find the ones in Edgefield county that dont wont any kind of abortion and take them 2or3 to take of.Where is all the fine church going people
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