A national survey has revealed a crisis across much of the U.S. in regard to the number of available foster beds available for children across South Carolina and much of the U.S. A study from North Charleston, South Carolina based group, the Jenkins Institute for Children has highlighted the growing problem and report an estimated 1,300 foster beds are needed to house all the children needing specialist care in the Palmetto State.
South Carolina now ranks the third worst state in the U.S. for the loss of foster care beds based on the falling number of available homes for children according to The Post & Courier. The Jenkins Institute for Children reports a fall of around 650 foster beds in South Carolina across the last year which has created a crisis among those involved in caring for children as a recent attempt to recruit new foster families has not appeared to have been a success.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services explained a number of issues could be to blame for the continuing fall in the number of available foster homes accepting children in 2017; one reason for a major fall could be the adoption of children arriving in homes initially to be fostered before being adopted by the family they were sent to.
Officials in South Carolina have already begun a recruitment drive across different areas of the state including TV spots, a 5K run, and newspaper adverts targeted at the city of Spartanburg. A similar campaign to raise awareness of the issue will begin in Charleston before the end of 2017 as the state hopes to build a new group of foster families supporting children in need. The latest issues facing South Carolina are being seen across much of the U.S. with 15 states not able to report the capacity for foster beds in their state.