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South Carolina Department of Social Services

V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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  • WLBG Radio Interview with DSS Workforce Developer Valerie Thacker
  • Family Independence (FI) - Family Independence (FI) is a time-limited program that assists families with dependent children when families cannot provide for their basic needs.
  • Project Hope - Project HOPE will help motivated young people obtain healthcare industry recognized certificates and degrees through training so that they may fill high demand healthcare positions.
  • Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) - The Refugee Resettlement Program is established to help newly arriving population of refugees become self-sufficient in the shortest timeframe following their arrival in the United States.

Operation Palmetto Employment


  • 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)