Parenting

adoptionAs State Manager of Adoptions at the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), I am always excited to have the opportunity to share information about foster care adoption, especially since there is so much misinformation out there!

Before I go into adoption, though, I want to clearly relay the mission of the agency.  Our goal at the Department of Social Services is to strengthen families and reunify children who have been removed from their homes back with their biological family.  Our state desperately needs foster families who will serve as partners to both the agency and the biological parents in achieving our mission. We need foster parents who are able to serve as advocates and supporters for reunification, not just substitute caregivers. If it’s in your heart to become a foster parent or to simply learn more, please go to www.scfamilies.org or call 888-828-3555.

sharentingSocial media has the power to define—and redefine—our lives. Love it, or hate it, we can’t seem to get enough of it. Sharing our most personal information is common, accepted, and expected. It is almost an anomaly not to post pictures and videos of vacations, family milestones, and life decisions. We are all guilty of sharing—and at times, oversharing—our lives with the world.

Today’s parents are face to face (or, screen to screen) with the latest challenge—that of "sharenting"—which is “a new term for parents' online sharing about their children.” We are parents who share. We are parents who establish online identities for our children long before they will create their own. We are parents who grapple with being described as “helicopters” and “lawnmowers.” And, we are parents who want the best for our children. 

IMG 0804Beaufort County voters again will face a school bond referendum when they go to the ballot box on November 5, 2019. 

And after the past two proposals fell short, public school advocates say it is even more imperative that the latest one passes this time around.

A group of local citizens has formed the nonprofit group Better Schools Now! to promote passage of the referendum. The group has a broad-based steering committee with representatives in Port Royal, Sheldon and Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, and two local public relations firms — the Williams Group out of Beaufort and the Denarius Group on Hilton Head — will provide strategic counsel, marketing assistance and media planning. The group has launched a website, voteyesbeaufortcountyschools.org, to provide information about the benefits of the referendum, voter information and how to volunteer and contribute financially.

Birthdays for AllSteffi Green knew she wanted to adopt. With her husband, they welcomed a biological daughter eight years ago, and fostered their son, eventually adopting him. But a thought crossed her mind a few years ago after reading an expose in the Charleston Post and Courier about kids in foster care group homes due to the lack of foster parents. Her brain began to work: When a child is in foster care, what happens on his birthday?

Family homeWhen navigating the process of BUYING YOUR FIRST FAMILY HOME, it is all about the crew!

It is time to buy your first home. You and your spouse have been dreaming about this moment since you realized he was the one.  Most likely you have been saving money, pouring over every listing on your favorite real estate website, and obsessing over HOUZZ and Pinterest pictures. Then it hits you: wait a second! This is going to be our single largest purchase ever made.   The steps entailing signing a contract, filling out loan applications, deciding on insurance, scheduling a home inspection, and so on, might induce panic.  However, there is no need to, because following a few simple steps will make the process of purchasing a home easier and more exciting for the whole family.