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DSS: More Children Than Foster Homes

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Marcia Donmoyer is foster parent in Spartanburg County, and she says fostering a child can help change their life for the better. Marcia Donmoyer is foster parent in Spartanburg County, and she says fostering a child can help change their life for the better.
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -

Marcia Donmoyer felt the need to become not only a mother, but a foster parent.

"My husband and I both feel it's a calling," says Marcia Donmoyer.

But Donmoyer can only accept one foster child into her home.

She has two biological children and two adopted children who were originally under the care of S.C. Department of Social Services.  They came to the Donmoyers as foster kids.

DSS always tries to reunite children taken from their parents, but it doesn't always work out.  While that's not a bad thing if the child or siblings get adopted, however, it can reduce the number of available foster homes since parents are only licensed to care for up to five children.

"We have many foster homes that can accept one child, but don't have the availability to take large groups of children," says Jocelyn Smith of the S.C. Youth Advocate Program.

The S.C. Youth Advocate Program works in conjunction to DSS to find kids temporary care in the Upstate.

The problem is that there are more children than foster parents.

"We really need to have more families than we do children, so there is always a family available when a child needs them," Smith said.

Across the state there are 3,131 in foster care under the age of 18. 

From those, 926 are living in the Upstate which has only 456 foster homes.  Officials say they would like to have at least three homes available for every child in care to ensure there is a good match

If you're interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, call the SC Youth Advocate Program at (864) 413-2588.

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