FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The nonprofit group Lutheran Services Carolina is working with state officials to increase the number of foster homes in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas.

Lutheran Services Carolina, which serves children and families in both Carolinas, will be at the Florence County Library on Monday to get people started with the process of becoming a foster parent.

There are generally three main guidelines to become a foster parent. First, you must have room in your home available. You also should have not a criminal history, and you cannot be receiving food stamps or participating in any housing assistance programs.

Robbie Dent, a foster family recruiter who works with the organization, said there are currently about 3,000 children in foster care.

“Lutheran Services will be there to talk to many different people about their interest in foster care,” Dent said. “Maybe they have some questions or concerns. Either way, we are going to be there to clear anything up, tell you information, and, last but not least, get you started with the actual process. We’re not going to waste any time.”

Lutheran Services Carolina partners with the South Carolina Department of Social Services in licensing foster homes across the Palmetto State.