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Prospective Foster Parent

Foster care is a temporary home when children and youth cannot safely remain in their homes due to neglect and abuse. The agency’s greatest need for foster parents are those willing to care for teenagers. To learn how you can become a foster parent, click here


Permanency Options: KinGAP

Kinship guardianship can be a permanency option for a child or youth in kinship foster care when reunification with the child’s parents or permanency through adoption is not feasible. To learn more about permanency options, click here


Child Only TANF

If you are caring for a relative other than your child who is under the age of 18, you may qualify for federal TANF cash assistance on behalf of the child to help meet their basic needs. Learn more and apply here


SNAP/TANF Benefit Inquiry Portal

Announcing a new and convenient way for households to view their SNAP/TANF benefit issuance information. Click here to access the SNAP/TANF Benefit Inquiry Portal.

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ATTENTION! The 2024 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program begins June 1st!

Eligible seniors must redeem their vouchers for fresh produce from participating farmers/farmers’ markets no later than October 15th.

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Child Care Scholarship Benefits Portal

Announcing a new and convenient way for families to apply for child care assistance, upload documents, track application status and more!

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DSS Careers

Join us in our mission to strengthen South Carolina families.

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Child Support

Good news! The Child Support Customer Service Portal gives parents a secure way to apply for child support and access important case information – any time, any day!

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Child Welfare Services Transformation

Best Outcomes for Children and Families

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Consider submitting your complaint to the SC Department of Children’s Advocacy by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here.