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RESPITE (NOUN):
AN INTERVAL OF
REST OR RELIEF

  • As of November 2019, there were 4,584 children in foster care in South Carolina, and only 3,200 available foster homes. (1) 

  • Children who have experienced trauma often move more frequently to new foster homes, creating more trauma and preventing healthy connections, development, and stability.(2)

  • 25% of children in foster care have 4 or more placements while in care.(3)   

  • 14% of children in foster care have 6 or more placements while in care.(3)

We believe that providing a consistent, overnight respite outlet for children in foster care and their foster families could help alleviate the hardships and provide a necessary interval of relief. Respite care is a critical ingredient to successful placements and it is our hope that Three Rivers Respite can help reduce the number of disrupted placements and encourage foster families to continue in the foster care journey through the trials.


Foster Care is challenging for both the foster parents and children. Children in foster care live in an uncertain, ever shifting reality with little stability and questions of an unknown future. Foster parents are challenged with caring for these children's physical and emotional needs and at some point everyone needs a time of rest. We want to provide families the needed support, encouragement, and hope to endure the journey.   

 

Three Rivers Respite provides the community an opportunity to be involved in the lives of precious children that need hope, encouragement and love. Foster care is a mission field. Please join us by becoming workers in the harvest.

(1) https://www.live5news.com/2019/11/05/more-than-foster-families-needed-lowcountry-keep-children-local/

(2) Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Respite Care in Your Community.  Adopt US Kids.  October 2008.  Updated and Reprinted June 2013.

(3)Class Actions, SC – Michelle H. vs. McMaster. http://www.childrensrights.org/class_action/michelle-h-v-mcmaster/

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