Please join our effort to educate the public and policymakers about the urgent and growing problem that impacts all of our lives – SC’s hidden ‘homeless’. There are so many ways you can help.
- Learn the facts.
Learn the facts about foster care and gain a better understanding of SC’s hidden ‘homeless’.
Children’s Foster Care Review Board 2008 Annual Report www.oepp.sc.gov/fcrb/
- Spread the word.
- Add a foster care fact and the Children Come First link to your organization’s web site.
- Ask your church, synagogue or mosque to put a message in its bulletin.
- Forward this website to 10 people in your address book and challenge them to get involved on behalf of the 5,400 children who are living in SC’s foster care system on any given day.
- Make a gift.
Every child needs a voice, but not all of them have one. Your donation will help support Children Come First’s efforts to advocate for those who do not have the opportunity to speak up. Your dollars will help support systemic reforms that impact thousands upon thousands of children coming through the system each year and assure that their need for stability, permanency, and a chance to succeed in life–not just survive.
Children Come First
400 Arbor Lake Dr, Suite B-500
Columbia, SC 29223
- Open your home.
Become a foster or adoptive parent. Caring families are especially needed for babies, older youth, sibling groups and children with special needs.
- Share your thoughts.
We’d love to hear your ideas for helping SC’s hidden ‘homeless’. Contact us at email@example.com
- Sponsor an Adoption.
By donating $1500, you can sponsor the adoption of a youth in foster care to a loving home. Children Come First’s charitable arm–Children Come First Coaltion developed an “Adoption Fund” to help support foster-to-adopt families in South Carolina. Your donation will be matched by federal funds and pay for the adoption fees for one child.
- Build the Web of Support
Our most vulnerable youth need more than a system to support them: they need a village. You can help develop community supports for foster youth and their families. Scholarships; extracurricular activities; tutoring; respite care for families; and mentoring are just a few of the ways you can build support for children in need. You can build these networks through your churches, civic groups, social circles,and any other community you belong to.
Children Come First will come to your community and present to those who are interested in getting involved. To find out more, contact Naomi Torfin, Executive Director, at 803-549-2337 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org