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
South Carolina Parenting Opportunity Program
Parenting Opportunity Program – Making Positive Choices for Your Child brochure
Programa de Oportunidad de Paternidad – Tomando decisions postivas para su bebé – folleto
Parenting Opportunity Program – Power of Two – This video explains the process for voluntarily establishing paternity at the time of birth or after.
For Hospital Staff
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.