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By Donna on 9/13/2018 3:04 PM

While it is not an easy topic to address, suicide is a topic that must be addressed and awareness must be spread in order to help increase prevention. Sadly, suicide rates have become the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults in the age range of 5 to 24 years old. In addition, suicide rates have increased significantly over the last twenty years for people of all ages. These disheartening facts make it imperative that as a society we continue to educate ourselves about suicidal ideation and early suicidal warning signs, not just during this Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but all year long. Read on for detailed information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) specific for foster parents and child welfare professionals on how to detect suicidal warning signs for foster children and youth. 

By Donna on 7/20/2018 12:31 PM

Summer is in full force! School is out and the sun is blaring which means now is a better time than ever for you to connect and make memories with your foster child. Do you know the best part of making summer memories that last a lifetime? You don’t have to spend truckloads of money to do so! SCYAP has you covered on a list of ideas we researched and prepared specifically for you. These memory-making ideas are not only inexpensive or even free (yes, FREE) but they will also help you make the most of every long summer day with your foster child. Check out our full blog for ten tips to make your summer world go round!

By Donna on 3/14/2018 2:19 PM

Did you know it's National Social Work Month? The 2018 theme for National Social Work Month is "Leaders. Advocates. Champions." Let's focus on the word "Advocates." What exactly does it mean to be an advocate? Advocate, as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is one who pleads the cause of another. The definition alone is powerful, but when a person puts advocacy into action, especially for children and youth, that's when lives are impacted and the world can be changed for the better. Check out the full blog for a better understanding of the duties of child advocates and how their work ultimately helps to positively change the course of the future, because children are the future after all. 

By Donna on 2/9/2018 4:25 PM

As you may have heard before, becoming a foster parent is not the easiest process.  Nothing worth having (doing) is easy though, right?  Exactly.  That being said it never hurts to prepare when taking on any role in life and foster parenting is definitely one of those roles that every ounce of preparation is well worthwhile!  The ten steps listed in this blog provide some helpful ideas for how you can prepare for one of the most rewarding roles in your life.

By Donna on 1/3/2018 4:03 PM



While it may already be the third day in 2018, it is never too late to work towards the resolutions you will find in our latest blog.  Foster Parents hold a unique role in a child's life cultivating an influence that can impact the child beyond their time with them and can even positively influence the birth family once reunification takes place.  To learn how you can improve your already impactful role, check out the following seven resolutions and make 2018 your best foster parenting year yet. 
By Donna on 11/6/2017 11:42 AM



There is never a wrong time to teach children and youth about gratitude, but with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, now seems an appropriate time to place more emphasis on one of the greatest life lessons.  For five extremely helpful, simple, and FREE tips read the full version of SCYAP's latest blog.  The tips come from Dr. Monisha Vasa who is a well-respected psychiatrist and a dedicated mother.  Oh, and did we mention these tips are free? 

By Donna on 8/18/2017 12:20 PM

Is it possible that summer is nearly over? It seems to be that way as much as we fight against it. With the days of pool visits and lighter schedules fading away it is now time to start thinking about how to slowly, but surely regain the mindset needed to prep and even be happy about the new school year. Below are a few tips to help in this daunting process.

By Donna on 7/19/2017 1:34 PM



Now that summer is in full force, and the thermostats are full proof of that, check out our latest blog for a list of fun indoor activities.  Keep the kiddos entertained even when going outside isn't the coolest option.

By Donna on 6/13/2017 10:08 AM



Trauma and children: An introduction for foster parents 

It happened suddenly. Sarah and her 10-year-old foster daughter, April, were walking into the grocery store. Out of the blue April shouted, “That’s him!” Sarah looked and saw April staring at a man entering the store just ahead of them. The man, who seemed perfectly ordinary to Sarah, took no notice of them. 

Yet April’s body was rigid with fear. She refused to go any further. In a quavering voice she asked if they could please leave. In the car on the way home she cried quietly to herself, unable to explain what had happened.

It was only later, after she had learned about trauma and its effects, that Sarah understood what went on that day. 

April was having a trauma reaction. 


Article retrieved from https://fosteringperspectives.org/fp_v10n1/trauma.htm.

By Donna on 5/12/2017 2:37 PM

My family has been engaging in foster care for over six years. With each child who has entered our home, we have had new things to learn. We’ve needed to learn about that child’s experience and background so we can parent them from their needs — not simply our expectation. We have learned how to fight for the best outcomes for our foster children and how to support their family.

Each child who enters our home enters as a part of our family — no matter how long they are with us. They are a part of our story, and we are a part of theirs.

Article authored by a licensed foster parent and retrieved from kidhero.chw.org.