Process

Adoption is a beautiful way to provide a family for a child in need. There are children of all ages in need of a forever home. Making sure children are in safe, loving, and permanent families is an important way DSS strengthens families in South Carolina.

The average age of children waiting to be adopted is just under 11 years old

You as an adoptive parent can do so much for a child:

  • Provide a permanent home and a lifelong commitment to children into adulthood and beyond
  • Provide for the short-term and long-term needs of children
  • Provide for children's emotional, mental, physical, social, educational, and cultural needs, according to your child's developmental age and growth

Your family can complete a child’s life, giving them the joy of lifelong love and connection. See what you can do for an adoptive child!

Anyone interested in becoming an adoptive parent may call 1-888-828-3555 or contact the regional adoption office for your county of residence.

The Process of Becoming an Adoptive Parent

Are you ready to learn more? Start by contacting your regional office and trained staff can answer all of your questions about the process. DSS screens all potential adoptive parents and supports approved individuals and families with training and supportive services.

If you’d like to apply to become an adoptive parent, you can expect the process below to unfold with the support of a DSS Adoption Specialist:

  • Make the call and fill out the paperwork.

  • Attend training to help identify the types of children that would fit into your family.

  • Meet with an adoption specialist for interviews in your home. Complete your home’s fire and sanitation inspections.

  • Submit medical forms and references to be interviewed by an adoption specialist.

  • Join the other approved families being considered for children.

  • Selection committee matches your family with a child and shares the full background.

  • Meet the child and begin visitation. When child and family are ready, the child is placed in the home.

  • Begin the post placement period, which can continue up to a year.

  • Finalize the adoption in Family Court.

Adoption Preservation services are available upon request after the finalization of the adoption.
Because adoption is a lifelong process, counseling and other referral services may be available to the family as needed at the families’ request.

Additional Resource

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