Gov. Haley to push for more foster parents in South Carolina


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley plans to help her social services agency get more people to become foster parents in South Carolina.

Haley said Wednesday that the Department of Social Services wants to recruit about 1,500 more foster care families.

To reach the goal, Haley says her cabinet agencies agreed to streamline inspections and licensing of foster homes.

DSS also set up a new website at to help families about apply to be foster parents and to help them when they get a foster child.

DSS attempted a similar push in 2011, but Haley says the difference is the agency is taking a statewide approach this year, while it concentrated on local efforts five years ago.

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