Over 500 South Carolina children adopted last year

Highest number of South Carolina children adopted in over five years according to DSS

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — In 2019, 571 children found their forever homes across the state. The Department of Social Services said it was the highest number of adoptions in over five years. That’s a 23% increase in adoptions from 2018 to 2019. But thousands are still in the foster care system, and hundreds need to find loving families to adopt them into forever homes.

“We have children in the state who don’t have anybody,” said Michael Leach, State Director of DSS. “Some really good recruitment efforts, I think some improvement in some of our processing to decrease the timeliness of what it takes to adopt.”

“I think foster parents have just really opened up their hearts, and realized that if this child cannot go home then we need to give it a home,” said Mary Brown, a local foster and adoptive parent.

Despite the high number of adoptions, there’s still a need for foster and adoptive parents…

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