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Thursday, July 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.mat Lutheran Services Carolina: 1118 Union Street, Columbia.

The primary goal of this workshop is to increase the cultural competency of service providers working with LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home situations. The training will include an overview of gender identity and sexual orientation and provide attendees with a working knowledge of current appropriate terminology. 


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Monday, August 6 - Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Location: Epworth Children's Home, Columbia, SC 
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.


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Smart Horizons Career Online Education and Palmetto Association for Children & Families offer pathway to educational success to at-risk students

Columbia, SC — The Palmetto Association for Children & Families (PAFCAF) has announced a new partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online High School that will provide scholarships to Smart Horizons to foster youth in need of alternative education and/or career training. This unprecedented partnership will benefit foster youth throughout the state of South Carolina


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To View the Full 2017 PAFCAF Annual Report, Click Here.


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 The State Workforce Development Board has awarded more than $225,000 in grants to state organizations to develop programs to improve digital literacy. PAFCAF member, Epworth Children’s Home received the grant aimed at addressing a digital skills gap. 


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When it passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) last February, Congress aimed to change the face of child welfare by implementing a funding shift that restricts the use of Title IV-E financing for out-of-home placements, excluding foster homes.

The goal is to increase assurances that children will be kept in family-like settings whenever possible. One chapter of FFPSA defines a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP), which is one of the few settings that will be allowed to receive federal reimbursements after the first two weeks a child has been in care.


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In April, PAFCAF Policy Director Megan Branham attended the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) national conference in Washington, DC. During the meeting Megan met with colleagues from across the country while also finding time for a visit to the Capitol where she had the chance to meet with Congressman Joe Wilson as well as staff from the offices of Senators Graham and Scott to share work of PAFCAF and our members.


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Christina Wilson spent 20 years behind a desk and pushed paper. Four years ago, her career path changed when she accepted a position as Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) in Beaufort, South Carolina. Today she wakes up to a job where no day is the same at a job that has never felt like a job. Instead, Christina is able to put her personal life experiences as a foster parent into her professional work.


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PAFCAF Director of Policy and Research, Megan Branham, and North Carolina Child Research Director, Whitney Tucker lead a webinar titled “Policy Research: Out of the Classroom and into the State House” on May 7, 2018 through the Doris Duke Fellowship program. The webinar focused on how researchers and advocates build relationships with state-level policymakers in order to support vulnerable children and families.


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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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The Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) is proud to announce that Megan Branham, the Director of Policy and Research, has been elected to the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Ms. Branham was elected earlier this year, prior to the reviewal and implementation of the task force’s  2017 annual survey report.


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As National Social Work month comes to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight PAFCAF’s resident social worker and Director of Policy and Research, Megan Branham. So we sat down with Megan and asked her a few questions to learn more about her life, passions and her goals for the future.


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The Palmetto Association For Children And Families has partnered with Children’s Trust this April, to raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month. Children's Trust will be hosting a Social Media Competition to find the most creative pinwheel garden of the month!


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Gregg and Peggy Nibert have opened up their hearts and their home for the past 12 years to children in need of a safe and loving environment. After five years of going back and forth with the idea, they received the push from God they needed to begin fostering. As their own sons grew older, they knew it was the right time to start a new chapter in their lives.     


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Dr. Tom McIntyre, also known as Dr. Mac, is a former teacher of students with behavior disorders and learning disabilities; he is now a Professor of Special Education and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Behavior Disorders at Hunter College of the City University of New York.


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Palmetto Association for Children and Families is excited to welcome Tina Levene to our 2018 conference.  Levene is a published author of four inspirational books: “Let Your Lessons Become Your Blessings”, “Let Your Forgiveness Become Your Freedom”, “Preventing Burn-Out


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The 2018 Palmetto Association for Children and Families Annual Conference is quickly approaching!

It will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from February 28- March 2. This year’s event will host more than 200 individuals from PAFCAF member agencies, DSS, statewide partners and others in the child welfare field.


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COLUMBIA, SC- Last week the Palmetto Association for Children and Families,Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support), and the Department of Social Services (DSS) hosted three Kinship Care Summits throughout South Carolina,


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This fall we will welcome two  new members to our PAFCAF team! Tracey Beecken and Kayley Janico, are amazing college students will be joining us as interns for the fall semester.


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What are you most looking forward to right now?
In my work life: opportunity! We are in the midst of huge change in the child welfare system. It’s going to be rocky along the way, but there are so many opportunities for us to do better for our kids.
In my personal life: Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday! Family and food – what could be better?


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WOW cards making a difference at Children’s Attention Home of Rock Hill!

There is a wall of WOW in Rock Hill.  The wall is Children’s Attention Home of Rock Hill’s way of letting their staff know they are doing a good job!

“Part of serving our kids is serving our team well,” said Katie Motsinger, Community Resource Director for Children’s Attention Home of Rock Hill.


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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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