In 2008, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) established the Families Forever Committee, which focuses on adoption awareness.
Its annual project—Families Forever Fairs—was recognized in 2009 by the American Bar Association as the "Most Outstanding Service Project" in the country offered by young lawyers. In 2013, the Committee was named an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Fairs offer free information on adoption, including resource materials and one-on-one consultations. Attorneys, agencies and other vendors in children's services will be on hand to answer questions, provide helpful resources, and encourage families to consider foster care and adoption. Several brief adoption workshops will also be available during the fairs.
Foster parents can obtain recertification training hours for attending workshops given at the Families Forever Fairs.
2017 Family Fairs
January 28, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Upstate Church (679 N. Harrison Bridge Rd., Simpsonville)
February 25, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Felix C. Davis Community Center (4800 Park Circle, N. Charleston)
April 1, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cecil Tillis Center (2111 Simpkins Ln., Columbia)