Foster Care

Thousands of children in North and South Carolina need your help. Is there room in your heart? Become a foster parent.

Sometimes because of abuse or neglect or because their parents have become unable to care for them, children are left without the love and support they need to lead happy and productive lives. Foster parents guide and support children through unimaginable struggles and challenges. With supervision and support from LSC, loving families provide care to approximately 500 children across the Carolinas each year.

LSC offers various levels of foster care to meet the special physical and emotional needs of every child. Some children suffer from medical problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome and drug addiction. Others may have emotional and behavioral issues that require counseling.

Many foster families will have the opportunity to adopt when reunification with a child’s biological family is not possible. Finding permanent, safe, and supportive families for children is the ultimate goal.

Becoming a Foster Parent

Prospective adoptive parents must be licensed by their respective states and must:

  • Be able to provide a healthy, loving, nurturing home to a child
  • Be at least 21 years of age in NC or 25 years of age in SC
  • Have a stable verifiable source of income
  • Rent or own their home
  • Successfully undergo or obtain the following:
    • Extensive background checks
    • Employment and income verification
    • Home inspection
    • Home and car insurance verification
    • Medical clearance
    • Home studies to include individual and family interviews and references
    • First aid and CPR training
    • Training in universal precautions and medication administration

Each foster parent receives comprehensive training which includes Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) and First Aide/CPR Certification.

Foster parent benefits include:

  • Planned respite
  • Continuous training for identified needs
  • Competitive reimbursement

LSC foster parents receive 24/7 support from highly qualified and experienced staff, competitive reimbursement, liability insurance protection for all licensed therapeutic foster parents and the opportunity to meet with other foster parents.

Just One Story - "Foster care saved my life."
Damien McCoy


All children who end up in foster care have challenges – but Damien McCoy faced more than his share as a child. 


For more information on foster care including placements and referrals:

Email: or

Call 1-800-HELPING

Or contact the LSC child and family services office nearest you.

Charlotte, NC (704) 940-3311

Raleigh, NC (919) 861-2850; (919) 861-2822

Charleston, SC (843) 694-5359

Columbia, SC (803) 750-9917

Florence, SC (843) 601-1243

Greenville, SC (843) 694-5359

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