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By Donna on 5/17/2019 12:42 PM

The Kellys have not had a day since the summer of 1992 that a foster youth was not in placement in their home. About 60 foster children had the privilege of calling the Kellys "Mom" and "Pops" over the years. The Kellys have worked to guide their foster youth through the trauma of abuse and neglect that brought the children into care. The Kellys have helped foster youth complete their high school education with several going on to college or the military over the years. Many have learned job skills working with Mr. Kelly in the summer and on school holidays.

By Donna on 2/22/2019 12:23 PM

At SCYAP we wholeheartedly believe every child deserves to live with a loving family. Unfortunately, there are not enough foster families on a state or national scale to meet the need for the number of children who are in foster care to no fault of their own. For this reason, and for a number of reasons we did some research to provide a list of ten reasons why you should become a foster parent. Maybe one or more of these reasons have crossed your mind before, but you were unsure what step to take next. We are here to help you take that next step. You could be the home a child needs. 

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 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 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 2/8/2017 4:22 PM

Varda Epstein (http://foster-adoptive-kinship-family-services-nj.org/ten-ways-show-foster-child-love/)


If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’re serving as a foster parent because you’ve got love and warmth to spare. You have something to give. It’s why you’ve opened your home and your heart to a child not your own—a child who has suffered rejection, fear, and loss; a child who feels helpless and abandoned and unprotected. You want, more than anything else, to help this child experience what every child should experience by right: unconditional love, a feeling of belonging, acceptance, hope, and stability. A feeling that he or she is one-of-a-kind in the best possible way.
By Donna on 1/8/2016 9:32 AM


Wide Awake with a Thankful Heart

By Jasmine Jackson, By SCYAP's Newest Admin Assistant

Looking up at this beautiful glass building with a spacious entrance decorated with holiday cheer, a smile came across my face as I felt very accomplished being here.  I walked into the see-through elevator and looked around me as I rose to the third floor. I entered the admissions office where I would be working and found my cubicle fully equipped with any office accessory I could need and my name already programmed on the phone and computer. An envelope with my name on it was sitting on my desk and was revealed to be one of many Christmas cards I would receive in the next few weeks. I felt very welcomed and appreciated...

By Donna on 11/18/2015 1:01 PM


The Kelly Krew

By Monica Kelly, Myrtle Beach Regional Director

A few years ago on my Facebook page, I started a saying to describe funny events that happened to us only because we are a large, adoptive family.  You might be a large, adoptive family if…. The other thing that I have done is name our family The Kelly Krew. The following blog entry is a glimpse into the life of The Kelly Krew:

By Donna on 10/9/2015 3:45 PM
This Director's Note written by Josh Caughman was featured in our latest Community-Based Services newsletter. Although, this letter was directed at our Advocates, we felt like his words would resonate with the rest of the SCYAP Family.

Dear Advocates,

Our wonderful state of South Carolina has seen disaster this week that is unprecedented for us. Many of our homes and communities will never be the same.The loss is difficult to even comprehend at times. Please know that all those affected by this disaster are in our thoughts and prayers. While we are grieving significant loss, we also have seen an unbelievable response of love,sacrifice, and courage...

By Donna on 7/6/2015 10:25 AM

Through the giving of love, time, and patience, Therapeutic Foster Parents make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Learn more about SCYAP's TFC Program and how to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent through our brand new guide called Discover Therapeutic Foster Parenting.

By Donna on 4/30/2015 3:16 PM


The month of May is a time to recognize the hard work and heart work of foster parents, child service professionals, volunteers, policymakers, and other members of the community who make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. During National Foster Care Month, we encourage all community members to participate in efforts to raise awareness about Therapeutic Foster Care and celebrate all those who serve these children throughout the year.

There are several ways to help raise awareness for National Foster Care Month and begin that first step of change in a child’s life. Use our free tools...

By Donna on 12/5/2014 1:37 PM
In 1990 the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, SCYAP, was created with a mission in mind. We wanted to provide safe homes and nurturing families to children that had been abused and neglected throughout our state. We knew that we could do it, but not without the help of the community and individuals willing to provide these homes.