Dorchester County Contact Information

Kristi Bear

County Director

Office Hours:

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Main Office Address:

Dorchester County DSS
216 Orangeburg Rd.
Summerville, SC 29483

St. George Branch Address:

Dorchester County DSS
201 Johnston St.
St. George, SC 29477

Abuse and Neglect Reporting Hotline

To report known or suspected abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult, call the SCDSS 24/7 Abuse & Neglect Reporting Hotline:

1-888-CARE4US or 1-888-227-3487

Report Abuse/Neglect Online

Apply for SNAP/TANF Benefits

Child Support Customer Service Portal

Report A SNAP/TANF Change

Telephone Numbers:

(843) 821-0444 Main
(843) 563-9524 St. George Branch Office
(843) 875-2380 SNAP/TANF (Fax)
(800) 616-1309 SNAP/TANF Services (DSS Connect)
(843)953-9586 Foster Home Licensing
(888) 828-3555 Foster Home Licensing (Heartfelt Calling)
(800) 922-1518 Lowcountry Region Adoptions
(888) 854-4277 Lowcountry Region Kinship Care Coordinator

Email This Office

Please do not report abuse or neglect of a child or an adult through email. Use the intake number above to make an anonymous report.


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? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.