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South Carolina Department of Social Services

V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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about DSS South Carolina Department of Social Services is one of South Carolina's largest agencies, with 3,785 employees and an annual budget of more than 692 million dollars.

South Carolina created DSS to provide our state's residents with assistance and protection programs.

DSS is proud of its diversity, efficiency, and the services that the agency and its community partners provide to more than 800,000 South Carolina citizens.

Our Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Department of Social Services is to efficiently and effectively serve the citizens of South Carolina by ensuring the safety of children and adults who cannot protect themselves and assisting families to achieve stability through child support, child care, financial and other temporary benefits while transitioning into employment.

More About DSS...


  • To Report Child or Adult Abuse and Neglect call your local county office:
  • For information on SNAP benefits, contact DSS CONNECT at 1-800-616-1309 or any local DSS office during normal business hours.
  • To report Vendor/Retailer/DSS Employee Fraud
  • Report State Agency Fraud (Office of the Inspector General)