Maggie McDonald, right, director of Sumter County DSS, joins City of Sumter Councilwoman Ione Dwyer as she read a proclamation declaring Saturday "Foster Care Awareness Day."
Maggie McDonald, right, director of Sumter County DSS, joins City of Sumter Councilwoman Ione Dwyer as she reads a proclamation declaring Saturday as Foster Care Awareness Day. About 20 foster families attended Saturday's Fall Family Fest hosted by South Carolina Department of Social Services. Held at Birnie HOPE Center, the event was a way to celebrate foster parents and to educate the community about the need for more foster families in Sumter County. Food was provided by Sumter County DSS office staff, KFC, Piggly Wiggly and Murray's Donuts. The S.C. Foster Parent Association supplied beverages, and Crosswell Drive Elementary School provided equipment for the activities. To learn more about foster care, visit https://dss.sc.gov/foster-care/.