Who are unaccompanied children?
Unaccompanied children are minors under the age of 18 who are not in the care of a parent or
legal guardian and lack immigration status.They make the treacherous journey to the United States to escape violence, abuse, neglect, or
abandonment, in hopes of reuniting with family members.
Most of the children come from Central America, predominantly Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Because of their undocumented status, they are sometimes placed in detention centers or other shelter-like facilities.
Fortunately programs like LSC Transitional Foster Care offer these children placement in a much more welcoming setting with foster families.
The boys to the right are from Guatemala and traveled to the United States to be with family. They lived with foster parents in the Columbia area before being reunited with their families in New England.
LSC is seeking caring and committed foster families to provide safe and loving homes for these children as they wait to be reunited with their families.
After reunification, immigration hearings are the next step the children must take in order to remain in the country.
During this transitional period of seven to 90 days, the children attend a school sponsored by LSC. A developmentally appropriate curriculum is offered by a certified teacher who will help them with English, acculturation, and transitioning in the public school system upon their release from the LSC program.
Bilingual staff at LSC can assist foster families with communication. Everyone, however, understands LOVE.
LSC Licensing and Recruitment staff will work with all interested families in the Columbia, S.C. area to secure Foster Care licensure. The licensing process complies with the South Carolina Department of Social Services standards. LSC staff will ensure that foster parents receive training and information, as well as ongoing support as they provide a safe, stable, and loving environment for a child.
To learn more about Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children, call 803-849-4009.
Lutheran Services Carolinas, PO Box 947, Salisbury, NC 28145, 1-800-HELPING or email ContactUs@LSCarolinas.net.