Every day in South Carolina, several thousand children are living outside their family homes because of abuse, neglect, abandonment and other situations. These children are served by private agencies that provide care in emergency, long-term and adoptive settings. Many of these agencies belong to an organization dedicated to helping ensure the quality of care the children receive—the Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF).
Originally known as the South Carolina Association of Children’s Homes and Families Services, PAFCAF, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization, that was created in 1986 to unite these diverse agencies and provide education, support and leadership that strengthens the capacity of its member agencies to produce positive outcomes for children and their families.
Our members are private sector (both not-for-profit and for-profit) organizations that offer a wide continuum of services, including emergency shelter care, residential treatment, group care (intensive, intermediate and low management), therapeutic foster care, supervised independent living, wrap-around services, and community-based prevention services.
PAFCAF’s member agencies serve approximately 85 percent of children and teens in foster care across South Carolina.
Children who receive services provided by PAFCAF members include those who have experienced trauma, been neglected or abused, those who are medically fragile or have other physical or mental disabilities, and those who are emotionally disturbed. The challenges of caring for these children are great. PAFCAF works to promote the best care possible for children and youth.
The Association has a unique identity throughout the state and is actively involved with policy and program development as it relates to our members and their needs. We work with legislators and fellow advocates to monitor and shape child welfare legislation and budget appropriations. We provide research and best practices for evidence-based interventions and offer a wide range of trainings for our members.
PAFCAF provides education, support and leadership that strengthens the capacity of member agencies to produce positive outcomes for children and their families.