The primary purpose of adoption service is to help children who would not otherwise have a nurturing family of their own to become members of a family that can give them the care, protection, and opportunities essential for their healthy personal growth and development (from Child Welfare League of America).
The Department offers statewide services to:
Adoption services are provided by four regional offices in the state. Individualized services are provided for children and families based on an assessment of need.
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.
This state law provides pregnant women with an alternative to abandoning a newborn baby in potentially fatal circumstances such as in the dumpster. Under the Safe Haven Act, an infant can be left with a hospital or hospital outpatient facility, law enforcement agency, fire station, emergency medical services station, or any staffed house of worship during the hours the facility is staffed. The infant must be less than 30 days old, unharmed, and left by the parent or other person acting for the parent. The law provides the parent immunity from prosecution if the conditions are met. A baby left under these conditions will be placed in DSS foster care and adoptions proceedings will be initiated immediately. Contact the local DSS office if you need additional information or click on the following link: Daniel's Law Brochure. Additional information for a parent or pregnant woman can be accessed at http://dss.sc.gov/content/library/forms_brochures/files/2496.pdf
If you are staff at a facility designated by law as a Safe Haven and receive an infant, state law requires that you complete a standardized form (DSS Form 3082). This form will go with the infant to the medical facility. This form can be accessed at http://dss.sc.gov/content/library/forms_brochures/files/3082.pdf.
A poster (DSS Form 2497) containing the general requirements for the Safe Haven can be downloaded or printed from http://dss.sc.gov/content/library/forms_brochures/files/2497.pdf. This document is suitable for posting at your facility as a reminder of this obligation.
Individuals who are interested in becoming an adoptive parent may call 1-888-828-3555 or contact the regional adoption office in your county of residence.
Training for adoptive parents is provided through our Regional Adoptions Offices.
Waiting Child WACH premiered in 2000 and is a joint venture between WACH FOX 57,
the South Carolina Council on Adoptable Children, and the Department of Social Services.
WACH FOX News periodically profiles foster children and recruits permanent families for them.
Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520