Responsible Father Registry
If you think that you may have fathered a child, you may register with the Responsible Father Registry to protect your rights should the child be placed for adoption.
Application for Services
Establishing or Modifying a Support Order
Legal Services and Fatherhood Resources
Domestic Violence Support
SC PARENTING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (POP)
for Paternity Establishment
- Power of Two - Parenting Opportunity Program Video – Explains the process for voluntarily establishing paternity at the time of or after birth. English Spanish
PATERNITY MAKES A “REAL” DIFFERENCE AND IT TAKES A COMMUNITY
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For Hospital Staff - Paternity Establishment Resources
Information about obtaining Birth Certificates and other vital records can be found at:
www.vitalchek.com. Fees apply.
When You Want to Add a Father’s Name (Out of Wedlock) to Your Child's Birth Certificate
If a father was not listed on the birth certificate following the birth of a child at the hospital, a DHEC amended birth certificate form will need to be completed.
A paternity acknowledgment cannot be completed if the mother was married at any time during the pregnancy or at the child's birth, or if another father is recorded on the birth record.
More information can be found here.
You may have unclaimed money…
Millions of dollars are transferred to the SC State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Program each year by organizations, including the SCDSS Child Support Services Division, when the rightful owners cannot be located. It only takes a minute to find out! Click the button below.