Making Room in the Inn: Opening Hearts and Homes to Foster and Adopt Children

Laurie and Mark Combs from St. Mary Magdalene Church have created this short video to promote and support fostering families, particularly in the Upstate where the need is so great. Please watch!

Adoption and foster care is a calling and maybe the Lord is asking you to be a part of this important work.  Your first question might be, “how can I help?”

  1. PRAY: Pray for everyone impacted by adoption and foster care. What is the Lord asking of me?
  2. AWARENESS: Bring awareness about adoption and foster care: activate your parish to learn, bring in a speaker, a foster parent
  3. SUPPORT: Help support a family who is adopting or fostering through spiritual, emotional or financial means
  4. ADOPT/FOSTER: Discern whether God may be calling you to adopt or foster a child.
    a. Read about it: See resource list below.
    b. Get training:

If you or your parish is interested in helping or learning more, please contact the Office of Family Life at 803.547.5063 or email

Contact Us

Office of Family Life

Kathy Schmugge, Family Life Director

Natalie Burt, Coordinator of Marriage & Family Ministries

Christy Brown, Culture of Life Coordinator

Janelle Florendo, Natural Family Planning (NFP) Coordinator

Maria Romero, Family Life Coordinator (Spanish)