- Children who have experienced foster care due to abuse or neglect continue to have risks that negatively impact their well-being after they exit care. As a result, Success Coaches work with these children and families to provide them with tools to increase their protective factors and mitigate their risk factors.
Family Success Coach Services are a free, post-permanency support program that offers guidance, education, and enhanced case-management services for families who have experienced foster care. The Success Coach will work with the family to problem-solve, improve relationships, advocate for resources, build resiliency, and keep families together.
What can the Success Coach assist with?
- Social/emotional support
- Behavioral/mental health concerns
- Educational support/advocacy
- Parenting skills/discipline
- Family communication
- Financial planning
- Connections to benefits/resources
- Employability/career resources
Services are offered to families who have a child leave the foster care system for a permanent placement. This includes Reunified, Kinship and Adoptive Families.
Reunified Families or Kinship: Placement
- Child must have exited foster care before the age of 16 and be under the age of 18 at the time of the Family Success Service Agreement.
- NOTE: Families with older children may still receive services if there is another child(ren) living in the home who exited foster care and is under the age of 16.
- Child must have been in the custody of the SC Department of Social Services (SCDSS).
- Child must currently reside in either Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County.
- Family has a closed case with SCDSS or is in the process of having their case closed.
- If the referral source is the family’s SCDSS foster care/adoptions caseworker, the Success Coach will make efforts to complete a joint initial face-to-face meeting with the referred family prior to their case being closed with the Department.
- Finalized adoption has occurred through foster care, stepparent, internationally, or privately.
- Child must be under the age of 18 at the time of the Family Success Service Agreement.