We are thrilled you are so eager to begin the ministry of foster care. It is a joy to know you desire to affect so many vulnerable children and their birth families. We are honored you have chosen Lifeline to help you reach this goal of fostering.

When we enter into a relationship with you, we are here to support, pray over, encourage, and equip during each phase of your journey.

As God has called you to this ministry, we want to be your full-service, ongoing partner to enable you to fulfill His calling.

Timeline for South Carolina Foster Care Licensure

1.Attend an Info Meeting or Pre-Apply

Join an information meeting about foster care, family restoration & wrap around care. Get started today by scrolling to the bottom of the page to view upcoming info meetings, or click the button above to pre-apply today!

2.Start Your Home Study

Your home study will begin with a Welcome Call and Orientation Interview before starting with your paperowork, in home consultations, and inspections.

3.Attend Training

At any point in your home study process, you can attend our 2-day pre-service training.

4.License Approval

Once your home study is complete, your Lifeline case worker will submit your application to SC DSS for your license to be approved.

5.Wait for Placement

After you are approved from the state, the next step is to wait until you are placed with a child who needs your care and love of Christ.

More Resources

Download State Standards

This packet will provide you with all you need to know about the foster home standards in the state of Alabama.

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Licensure Overview

Click the link below to find out more about what it will take to be licensed in your state.

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Informational Meetings

Register to attend an online informational meeting about our foster care & family restoration ministry in SC.


Monthly Meeting Schedule

South Carolina Foster Care & Family Restoration Info Meetings

There are more than 4,200 children in the foster care system in South Carolina, and only 2,600 licensed foster families. Lifeline provides foster care licensing services to families in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Beaufort counties. More than 200 foster and respite care…

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