Latest PAFCAF News

On July 22, Robert and Lillian Smalls were named the South Carolina Parents of the Year by the Columbia-based organization Parents’ Day Council of South Carolina in honor of National Parents’ Day! The Smalls family has been licensed to provide foster care with Lutheran Services Carolinas for 20 years.


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In honor of National Kinship Care Month this September, PAFCAF is highlighting kinship caregivers across our social media, blog and weekly newsletters. Below is a story from one of our very own member executive directors who is also a kinship care provider.  

Christina Wilson, executive director of Child Abuse Prevention Association, became a caregiver in 2003 when her mother and aunt called to let her know that her cousin’s two children had been placed in foster care and that her cousin was also pregnant with a third.


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The Palmetto Association for Children and Families is thrilled to begin highlighting different members from our Mid Level Managers Institute (MLM). MLM was created, in partnership with the Nord Family Foundation, to provide education, support, and leadership that will strengthen the capacity of our member agencies to produce positive outcomes for children and their families.


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COLUMBIA, SC - The Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) is excited to announce the addition of three new members to their Board of Directors. The new members include Brian Clark from Generations in Greenville, Daniel Hochstetler from Fair Play Camp in Westminster, and John Shackelford from South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP) in Columbia.


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I had the opportunity to attend a Blackbaud Summit on nonprofits last month and have interesting data and information to share with you.  First, the bad news: “Everything We Know about Fundraising is (Mostly) Wrong,” according to Steve MacLaughlin Blackbaud’s Vice President of Data Analytics and author of Data-Driven Nonprofits.


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International foster-care expert and author John DeGarmo, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Thornwell Foster Care Conference, slated for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Simpsonville.


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This fall we will welcome two new members to our PAFCAF team! Katharine Thibaudeau an amazing college student joining us as one of our interns for the fall semester.


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PAFCAF member, Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), has found success in listening to the needs of those they serve and hiring those who have lived through the journey of foster care.


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This fall we will welcome two new members to our PAFCAF team! Janet Oyindamola Odeku an amazing college student joining us as one of our interns for the fall semester.


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"Be Aware & Care: Working with LGBTQ Kids in Foster Care" 10 AM to 3 PM, Thursday, September 20th

This curriculum aims to increase the competence and enhance the skill of staff working with LGBTQ youth in out-of-home situations. The training will include how to obtain sensitive information and record it and ways to share sensitive information with caretakers, and steps that workers can take to improve the experiences of youth in foster care.


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PAFCAF’s new online membership directory will soon be up and running! Members, please help us by updating your profile.

Our goal is to provide a public database for those who are interested in adopting, fostering and services across the state locate and contact our providers.

To update your profile, simply log in to the Member Clicks portal and click on “My Profile.” Click on “Edit” to update your profile, including DSS Region, services offered, website, Facebook page, and more!


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Darious J. Sanders is a former member of the foster care community and a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran. His letter to the foster youth that he works to inspire every day can be found here. 


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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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