Over 64,000 of South Carolina's children live in the full-time care of grandparents and other relatives so that they will not have to enter the foster care system.

At HALOS, we provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties and to their kinship caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we help improve the lives of these children.

424

KINSHIP FAMILIES
HELPED IN 2017

879

CHILDREN IN KINSHIP
CARE HELPED IN 2017
  • Founder
    Eve Spratt, MD

    Medical University of South Carolina Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

     

    President
    Susan Taylor

     

    President-Elect
    Page Bullington 

    Blackbaud, Inc.

     

    Vice President
    Sallie Pritchard

     

    Treasurer
    Jerol Graves

     

    Co-Secretary
    Jennifer Alspector

    Pam Germanos 

    Motley Rice, LLC

    Members

    Kevin Carter 

    CVS Pharmacy

     

    Suzanne Groff

     

    William A. “Drew” Hautt

     

    Kelly Hodges

     

    Mervin Jenkins 

    AVID Center

     

    Tope Leyimu, Esq. 

    Motley Rice, LLC

    Suzanne Lynch 

    TD Bank

     

    Perry MacLennan 

    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA

     

    David Overstreet 

    Earhart Overstreet Attorneys at Law

     

    Lorraine O. Powers 

    Retired Educator

     

    Darlene O. Rawls, MD

     

    Curt Wegner

  • In 1997, child psychiatrist and pediatrician Dr. Eve Spratt founded HALOS. At the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Spratt saw firsthand the severe lack of resources for young victims of abuse or neglect in Charleston County and wanted to improve the conditions for these children and their caregivers.

    So she organized a meeting of the Department of Social Services case workers, business leaders, religious leaders, and politicians, and the group discussed the gaps in resources for children in the care of Social Services. Caseworkers told local leaders what they needed most, and HALOS was born to help meet those needs.

    By 2007, HALOS identified a pattern in the requests caseworkers made. Many of the children were living with family members – grandparents and other relatives – because they weren’t safe with their own parents. This arrangement is called kinship care.

    HALOS discovered there was no agency in the entire state focused on kinship families, and with the vision of the board, decided to concentrate our efforts on helping kinship families in the tri-county area.

    In 2007, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC funded the first grant to HALOS to meet the needs of children in kinship care and to provide support to their caregivers to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The direct service program began by offering support group meetings for caregivers and referrals for services. Caregivers were surveyed every six to guide the program's direction. Caregivers overwhelmingly asked for more one-on-one time with the Family Advocate. As a result, each new referral receives a home visit and assessment with the Family Advocate, who offers support, provides Benefit Bank counseling, personalized assistance in identifying available services and follow up.

    In 2015, HALOS was awarded a three-year grant of $1,017,000 from the The Duke Endowment and The Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, to replicate a case management model that seeks to improve permanency in placements and overall child wellbeing. HALOS is adapting this model to address the specific needs and issues relating to children in kinship care.

    In 2017, HALOS received Victims of Crime Act grant funding for the addition of a new Success Coach and Family Advocate in order to reach the growing and vulnerable kinship populations in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.

    HALOS has served more than 50,000 children since its inception in 1997.

    With your support today, kinship children will have a better tomorrow. For information about how to donate, contact HALOS at 843-990-9570.

4995 Lacross Rd. Suite 1250
North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone: 843-990-9570
Fax: 843-410-1848

Monday – Friday, 8:30AM - 5PM
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