Family Finding and Children’s Conferencing aims to prevent children from entering the foster care system if possible or to promote and facilitate efforts to enable children to exit the foster care system as quickly as possible. The Program does this by locating relatives and fictive kin that can provide support to the family and assist with placement for the children if needed.
When a child is at risk of entering the foster care system, extensive efforts are made to locate relatives that can act as an alternate caregiver and/or provide support to the child and his or her family through Family Finding. This is followed by a Children’s Conference where participants jointly engage in the decision making process and plan development to promote the safety and permanence of the child or children. The Children’s Conference creates an environment that is collaborative and solution-focused and fosters family engagement and promotes the best interest and well-being of the child or children. The Children’s Conference brings key partners together in support of the child and family and includes: immediate and extended family members, community resources, service providers, and the Department of Social Services.
The South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP) provides Family Finding and Children’s Conferencing through a unique contract with the SC Department of Social Services. Family Finding and Children’s Conferencing is available in the following counties: Abbeville, Aiken, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry.
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