USC Upstate, DSS Partner Host Recruitment Event for Foster, Adoptive Families

June 29, 2016 at 8:43 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate Child Protection Training Center in collaboration with the Department of Social Services will host a recruitment event for individuals who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive families from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

USC Upstate’s training center received a $69,875 grant from DSS and was one of six universities chosen to help address the need for foster care and adoptive parents across the state. USC Upstate’s training center will use the grant to further its mission of addressing the critical needs of children in the Upstate. DSS reports a tremendous need for foster homes and adoptive families across the state.

“Currently, there is one available foster home in the Upstate for every three children in need,” explained Jennifer Parker, director of the USC Upstate Child Protection and Training Center. “Most of the children from the Upstate are placed in foster homes outside of the county they are from – away from their families, schools and community. By collaborating with DSS on recruitment events, we will expand the number of homes in our community and decrease the number of out of county foster home placements.”

For more information on how to become a foster and/or adoptive family, please visit


For more information contact Harley Porter at (864) 503-7047 or