Lifestyles - 01-21-2009

Sanford appoints Griffin to Foster Care Board

On January 6, 2009, Governor Mark Sanford appointed Cathy Griffin to serve on the Foster Care Review Board.

The Review Board will act as an oversight group made up of volunteers that work with the child’s caseworker, guardian adlitem and any other person that may have an interest in the child. The Board makes sure that Foster Care children will be nurtured and protected as long as they are in the Foster Care system, try to provide needed services and help the children find a permanent home either with their natural family or a new family when able.

Griffin, a Bamberg native, has been a teacher in the public schools in Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties for over 30 years.

“I have been passionate about Foster Care for about five years. When I was teaching at Bamberg School District One, a young girl in Foster Care was in my class and it was then that I realized what foster kids go through,” stated Griffin. “She was very bright and positive and had a happy disposition and that touched my heart.”

The girl, now 13, has been in Foster Care since she was five years-old and has developed a positive attitude regarding her situation.

Griffin said she got to know the girl’s foster family and that is what inspired her to want to become a Foster Care Parent.

There are a lot of requirements to become a licensed Foster Care parent such as home security, a disaster plan in place, and a physical examination along with your economic and financial ability.

This is a very thorough check and should be says Griffin because children are involved.

Being appointed to the Foster Car Review Board is an honor and will be very rewarding she said.

“I look forward to this job. This is an opportunity to be able to affect so many young lives in so many ways and to make an even greater impact in an even greater capacity. I want to be a voice for these children.”

Griffin is a 1972 graduate of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School and a 1977 graduate of USC with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She resides in Bamberg with her 17 year-old daughter, Houston Griffin.

 

Kaydon James Kearse

James Preston "Jim" Kearse and Rebecca "Brooke" Girardeau of Columbia, announce the birth of their son.

Kaydon was born Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 2:09 p.m. in Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, in Columbia. He weighed 7 lbs. and 8 ozs. and was 20.3/4 inches long.

The paternal grandparents are the late James "Mackay" Kearse and Bonnie K. McMillan. The paternal great-grandparents are the late Robert Lee "Bobby" Jr. and Evelyn K. Kearse, the late Jimmie R. and Maxine P. McMillan, all of Bamberg.

The maternal grandparents are Rebecca "Ann" Agnew of Bamberg and Sheldon M. Girardeau, Jr. of Walterboro. The maternal great-grandparents are the late J. C. Pruitt and the late Jane S. Agnew of Piedmont and Sheldon M. Sr. and Joan S. Girardeau, of Walterboro and a great-great-grandmother Ann B. Smith of Barnwell.