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South Carolina doesn’t have enough foster homes

GREENVILLE, S.C. —WYFF News 4 Investigates learned that South Carolina doesn’t have enough foster parents to care for the more than 3,700 children currently in foster care.

Finding people to care for foster children is a challenge in South Carolina. According to numbers WYFF News 4 Investigates obtained, there are 1,227 children in foster care in the Upstate, but only 682 foster homes and shelters.

Some foster homes care for more than one child, but foster parents said there is still a need for more homes.

“Unfortunately, if there’s a child from Greenville County but there’s not a home in Greenville available to take them, they’ll reach out to find a home wherever they can. So it may very well be in Oconee County,” foster parent Chris Koppenger said.

WYFF News 4 Investigates learned that more than half of foster children in the Upstate are placed in foster homes outside of their home counties.

“It’s difficult enough that they’re being taken from their parents, but now you’re taking away their friends, their school, the doctor they’re used to, the church they’ve gone to,” Koppenger said.

Koppenger is a member of Heartfelt Calling, an organization that recruits foster parents. http://www.heartfeltcalling.org/

Koppenger said more foster parents would help increase the odds that children could stay in their communities and have a better chance to thrive. The need is great statewide. According to numbers WYFF News 4 Investigates obtained from the Department of Social Services, there are about 400 more children in South Carolina’s foster system now than there were two years ago.

We checked with Georgia and North Carolina as well. Officials in both states provided WYFF News 4 Investigates with numbers showing that there are hundreds more foster children in those states right now compared to a year ago. However, neither state was able to say if there are enough foster homes for the children.

Koppenger said people can be hesitant to become foster parents because they may only have the child for a little while. Koppenger said the more than 40 children he and his wife have fostered will always be in his heart, even if they are no longer in his home.

“These are my children, they will always be my children,” Koppenger said.

Toddler Survives 13 Hours After Crash in River

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18-month-old Lily survived crash in frigid Utah river

Utah – Toddler Survives 13 Hours in Upside-Down Car in Frigid Utah River

An 18-month-old girl was in critical condition today and her mother is dead after their car crashed in a frigid Utah river and they were not found for 13 hours, police said.

The car was upside-down when it was discovered at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Spanish Fork River, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, the Spanish Fork Public Safety Department said.

Emergency crews tipped the car on its side and found the baby in a car seat in the back, officials reported.

The baby’s mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, was found dead in the driver’s seat, officials said.

“The baby was in a car seat in the backseat on the passenger side,” Lt. Cory Slaymaker, Spanish Fork Police Departments said. “The vehicle was on its top, so the car seat could have been out of the water. The car was on the embankment, so I don’t know how much water was getting into the car.”

He said the water was so cold that the rescue crew members could only stay in for short periods of time.

The little girl, Lily, was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where she was in stable but critical condition, police said. According to the family, Lily was breathing on her own Sunday evening.

It is believed the car was in the river for more than 13 hours, police said.

“Where the car was at you couldn’t see it from the roadway,” Slaymaker said.

A nearby resident reported hearing something around 10:30 p.m. Friday, but didn’t see “anything out of the ordinary,” the public safety department said.

Bikers Against Child Abuse launch Calgary chapter

Child Abuse
Bikers Against Child Abuse Calgary Chapter

Motorcycle enthusiasts empower abused children

They’re not a gang, but they do wear black leather jackets and ride motorcycles in large groups.

“When they look at us [and] see all these big burly guys, they know that we’re there for them. That’s a lot of empowerment to them,” said William Hebert, whose road name is Wheels.

He is referring to the children that he and his biker friends watch over. Wheels is the president of the Calgary chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).

The not-for-profit organization is new to Calgary but has been around for more than 20 years in Canada and the U.S., as well as chapters across Europe and Australia.

Police, social services and therapists connect motorcycle enthusiasts with kids who have experienced abuse.

Tough-guy guardians

The tough-guy guardian angels provide friendship, moral and physical support for the children, whether that be parking their bikes outside their home or escorting them to and from the courthouse to testify.

“At a glance out of their eye they know that they’ve got all their friends standing, waiting for them, cheering them on,” said BACA Calgary member Brian (Woody) Woodhouse.

“Just giving them the strength that they need within themselves to be able to carry on and work the steps through the justice system in order to begin the healing process,” adds Woodhouse.

Woodhouse joined BACA after his six-year-old stepdaughter, Meika Jordan, was killed.

The girl’s biological father Spencer Jordan and his girlfriend Marie Magoon have been charged with first-degree murder.

The trial for the couple starts March 23 in Calgary. That day BACA members from across Alberta and Saskatchewan are planning a rally in the city.

BACA Calgary is still training and educating new members and doing criminal record checks. The chapter expects to be fully up and running by the fall of 2015

Family Goals and Getting Our Act Together

Family Goals and Getting Our Act Together.

Good Evening Our Circle, Google+, WordPress, and Facebook!  I am Aida, Senior Editor for NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!,and we hope each of you have had a safe day.  At the moment, the temperature is 36° here in Dallas, Texas, with snow expected for early tomorrow morning.

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I have a very good post from the First Comes Love blog as Phoebe shares a small look into the life of Devon, Phoebe, and of course Arthur their son, whom we met a short time ago, when I shared the first post of this wonderful family.  And for now, I will tell you no more, so GO, enjoy your time with this Family where there is no shortage of love.  GOD Bless You All!

Sick Day

Sick Day

I have a really good feeling about our new strategy of attracting young parents to Our Circle, and Our Pages, and website.  But as I read some of the posts, the thought hit me right between the eyes, as I stared at the letters A.E.D.; every single one of us knows that this is not simply about a sign with a big number, like a city limits sign.

Being so like-minded about Our Children,  I believe that if we could hang a sign up that was RSS and would actually record when we helped a Child directly or indirectly;  and then continue doing all we possibly can each day, and coming back here and realizing the sign wasn’t blank anymore….

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That is the feeling I got as I read those letters, that this nice young couple, who struck me as very Good Parents, with a happy family atmosphere, would be another way to get that #1 on SOMEBODY’S SIGN!!!!  I believe I will start a list that everyone can see, when they come by, and list it on G+ and Facebook also.