Miracle Hill is a Christian ministry that has been providing food, shelter, clothing, addiction recovery, and hope to Upstate families and individuals in need for over 81 years. State and national leaders have praised Miracle Hill for its compassionate care to everyone in our community.

In response to a request from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, on January 23, 2019 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a waiver allowing Miracle Hill Foster Care to maintain its religious beliefs and still be licensed and funded to recruit foster parents for the state’s foster children. The decision to grant the waiver allows Miracle Hill to continue to be a part of the solution to South Carolina’s foster care crisis. More than 4000 children are in foster care, and the state needs more than 1,000 new foster homes to adequately meet the demand. Foster parents who partner with Miracle Hill believe in our mission, are motivated by their faith, and desire to be supported by an organization that shares their faith. We are deeply grateful for other faith groups that have supported us in this struggle for religious freedom, including The Catholic Diocese of Charleston and the Coalition for Jewish Values.

For background information on this important decision, see the FAQs, documents, press releases, and news stories linked below.

Frequently Asked Questions      Governor McMaster’s Executive Order

Letter of Complaint to HHS Secretary Azar       Letter From US Senators to HHS

Letter From Governor McMaster to HHS      Other Foster Care Agencies in SC

Letter to HHS Secretary Azar from Coalition for Jewish Values

Press Releases

Rabinnic group praises HHS waiver, renews call for repeal of Obama-era regulation

The Catholic Diocese Of Charleston Firmly Stands With Miracle Hill Ministries

Miracle Hill Foster Care Receives Federal Waiver Protecting Religious Freedom

South Carolina DSS Challenges Miracle Hill Foster Care’s Freedom to Recruit Only Christian Foster Parents

Jewish Rabbis Support Miracle Hill’s Right to Partner with Fellow Believers

Don’t Take Away Kid’s Chances at a New Home

Miracle Hill Takes Aim At SC Foster Care Crisis

Other Faith-based Providers Being Challenged

Philadelphia Banning Catholic Agency from Foster Care Unless it Endorses Same-Sex Relationships

Kansas Religious Adoption Agencies Targeted

Why Christians Can’t Compromise on Conscience

Let Catholics Find Every Child a Home

The Heritage Foundation 2018 Antipoverty Forum

New York’s War on Faith-Based Adoption Providers is Only Hurting Children

News Reports

FOX News logoFaith-based foster care provider targeted in religious freedom battle

Greenville_NewsSouth Carolina diocese takes ‘bold stand’ on Miracle Hill’s faith-based foster care program

WYFF News 4 logoCatholic diocese defends Protestant ministry’s stand

Christianity Today logoFoster ministry gets to keep Christians-only policy — and federal funds

Christian News Network logoHHS grants waiver to foster program that faced potential loss of license for only placing children in Christian homes

The Washington Times logo Faith-based foster-care providers targeted in religious-freedom battle

EWTN Global Catholic Television NetworkFaith-based foster agency fights for religious freedom

World_MagazineFostering Freedom: A small step to protect religious child placing agencies sparks hope

Faith-Based Foster Program Gets Federal Waiver

Greenville_NewsMiracle Hill Granted Federal Protection to Operate Faith-Based Foster Program

Greenville_News SC Governor Henry McMaster Defends Miracle Hill’s Christian Requirement

Greenville_News Opinion: Miracle Hill Ministries is Needed Now More Than Ever


DSS Threatens Upstate Faith-Based Foster Care Program

World_MagazineReligious Liberty: Federal Rules Can Hamstring Religious Foster Care Agencies Who Receive Government Funding

GSA_Biz_Wire Senator Tim Scott to Celebrate Miracle Hill Ministries as an Angels in Adoption

WSPA_7_HorizCaring for the Carolinas: Miracle Hill Foster Care

GSA_Biz_WireMiracle Hill Foster Care and Group Homes Earn Three Year CARF Accreditation

National_Review Religious Solidarity Is Not Invidious Discrimination

Post_and_Courier Charleston Post & Courier: Letter to the Editor – Miracle Hill Foster Care

Jewish_Press Jewish Press: The ADL is Wrong – Solidarity Is Not Bigotry

Religion News Service logoHouses of worship helping solve foster care crisis in Oklahoma