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South Carolina Department of Social Services

V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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What is the purpose of this service?

Services are provided to meet the adults' basic needs and to ensure their safety as authorized, by the Omnibus Adult Protection Act of the South Carolina Code of Laws.

Who can receive these services?

Elderly and disabled adults who are 18 years of age or older and are victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

How are the services provided?

Adult Protective Services will be provided after an assessment has been completed and reveals that the vulnerable adult is unable to provide for his/her own care and protection, and has been or is a potential for abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

What services are offered?

Adult Services will secure and coordinate existing services (mental health etc.), arrange for living quarters, obtain financial benefits to which a vulnerable adult is entitled, and secure medical services, supplies, and legal services.

How to make a report?

The person or mandated reporter who has actual knowledge of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult must report the incident where the individual lives to make a referral.

More Information & Resources


Adult Protective Services
SC Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
Or call: 803-898-7318 (during normal business hours)



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Mailing Address

South Carolina
Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520


(803) 898-7318