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The Latest News from PAFCAF

Megan Branham Announces NTI

Megan Branham, PAFCAF Director of Policy and Research talks about The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) that has been launched across the country. South Carolina is one of seven pilot states with the program that will start next month and run until the end of the year.

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New board members and officers elected to lead Palmetto Association for Children and Families

The Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) announced the election of five new board members today. The board also selected a new president and secretary.

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South Carolina’s Children Need Your Voice NOW!

Right now, the American Health Care Act is being considered, and its impact would rip away health coverage from 23 million Americans according to the Congressional Budget Office.

While we have heard it will not be as drastic as the House's version we expect 632,686 children in South Carolina to be in danger of losing their Medicaid coverage.

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2017 PAFCAF Leadership Retreat Materials

In June, the Palmetto Association for Children and Families’ CEOs and leadership teams came together to discuss the state of our child welfare system. Thank you so much for joining us! I want to thank all our speakers, attendees and board members for discussing the future of child welfare and ways we can be more innovative within our system of care.

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Megan Branham Goes on DJJ “Behind the Fence” Tour

One new opportunity for problem solving became apparent when I had the chance to tour the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. The “behind the fence” tour included meetings with the acting director and staff, walking the halls of the on-site high school and visiting the Store of Hope where donated household items are refurbished by residents and proceeds go towards supporting the youth.

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Kinship Care Summits

Current research, best practices and a review of South Carolina policy and practice reveals kinship caregivers have specific resource needs that differ from foster and adoptive parents. With the success of the 2016 Kinship Care Summits, we will host a series of three Kinship Care Summits during the month of September 2017, Kinship Care Awareness Month.

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Generations Group Home

For Aimee and Brian Clark working at Generations Group is deeply personal. Not only because it’s where they met, but because it fed their professional passions in different ways and helped them both answer the call to make a difference in their community.

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Legislator Spotlight: Senator Katrina Shealy

(R) District 23

Chairman, Senate General Committee

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Miracle Ministries Focused on Fostering Greater Community Engagement

Calling Beth Drake “busy” is an understatement. Beth spends part of her work week as a licensing specialist for Miracle Hill Ministries, a Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) member, founded in 1958 to care for unwanted, troubled, neglected and abused children who had no place to stay. The other half of her time is spent at Grace Church where she focuses on recruiting and supporting foster parents within the church community in Greenville.

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What Will You Do to Help Keep Children Safe? - By Erin Galloway Hall

The phrase “foster care” inspires much discussion and passion around our state and the country. Many of you have volunteered or donated to a local children’s home or foster care agency. Maybe your church has multiple foster families whom you support. Perhaps your community has been attached to a children’s home for decades and you have memories of playing with the kids in their backyard.

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Megan Branham selected as new Director of Policy and Research for PAFCAF

This month, the Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) will welcome Megan Branham as Director of Policy and Research. In this role, Branham will lead efforts to monitor state and federal child welfare policies and build relationships to further the Association’s vision and mission.

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New CEO selected to lead Palmetto Association for Children and Families

Over the last few months, the Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) has conducted an extensive search for a new CEO. PAFCAF board members, consultants, and an external executive recruitment firm were all involved in the search for a new leader. In selecting their new CEO, PAFCAF leadership were focused on selecting an individual who had a proven record of leadership in South Carolina of advancing initiatives and investments that better protect children and strengthen families.

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