Adoption services help find and support families who can nurture, raise, and protect those children whose parents have lost their legal parental rights.
DSS provides adoption services statewide through 5 regional offices to:
- Children whose parents have lost or relinquished their legal parental rights.
- People who wish to adopt children.
- Adoptive families who have finalized an adoption and are experiencing problems related to the adoption.
- Adult adoptee, adoptive families, birth parents of the adoptee who request non-identifying information, or reunion register services. Reunion register services are also provided to biological siblings of the adoptee.
Adoption Services include assessment and preparation of children for adoption, recruitment of adoptive families, and placement of children in adoptive homes. DSS also offers services to birth parents who are considering adoption for their child or children. Post-adoption services exist for adoptive families, adult adoptees, and birth families.
Post Adoption Services Offered
DSS has contracted with the South Carolina Foster Parent Association to provide services such as information, referrals, and training for adoptive parents. These services include a hotline dedicated to assisting adoptive parents who need information or assistance in supporting and parenting their children. Upon calling the hotline, an adoption support staff member will discuss with a family any needs they have and connect them with needed information and make referrals to community organizations and agencies that can assist.
What are some common issues that adoptive parents need assistance with?
Many adoptive parents find themselves struggling with common issues that all parents struggle with to include issues that come with parenting a child who has experienced trauma. Here are a list of issues adoptive parents may need assistance with:
- Social Support
- Teaching children to cope with and regulate their emotions
- Family Counseling
- Counseling by providers who understand adoption
- Understanding and managing trauma reaction and associated behaviors
- Understanding and managing child behaviors
- Financial support for food, housing, or medical bills
- Vocational Support (e.g. job skills training, locating employment, etc.)
- Educational Support (e.g. tutoring, understanding student, parent rights, etc.)
- Raising and Supporting LGBTQ children and youth
- Preparing children for major life change (divorce, adult independence, etc.)
- Medical Care (e.g. locating specialists, obtaining medical equipment, etc.)
Adoptive parents in need of assistance can contact their regional adoption office listed here: https://dss.sc.gov/adoption/contact/