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September 27, 2022

SCDSS Announces New Allendale County Director


September 27, 2022 – The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) would like to announce Salley Branch as the new Allendale County DSS Director. She began her new position on Friday, September 2nd.

September 23, 2022

Gov. Henry McMaster Signs Legislation to Expand Kinship Care


COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Thursday, September 22nd, Governor Henry McMaster was joined by South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) Director Michael Leach and members of the General Assembly for a ceremonial bill signing of S. 222, a bill that allows DSS to place a child with relative or fictive kin who is not yet licensed as a foster parent, and allows for them to receive financial assistance from DSS while in the process of becoming licensed.

September 09, 2022

Twin Infants Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act


Officials with AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson recently accepted two infants, a set of twins, surrendered under Daniel’s Law, the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, on Thursday, September 8, 2022. The SC Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act provides a safe, legal option to abandonment for babies up to 60 days old.

September 08, 2022

Joint Campaign with DAODAS Aims to Combat Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


Sept 8, 2022- Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Awareness Month. In support of FASDs Awareness Month, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) have partnered to launch a statewide campaign to address the impact of these disorders.

September 06, 2022

Infant Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act


September 6, 2022 – Officials with Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville recently accepted an infant surrendered under Daniel’s Law, the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, on Sunday, September 4, 2022.

September 01, 2022

Kinship Care Month Recognized in South Carolina in September


Sept. 1, 2022 – Governor Henry McMaster has declared September as Kinship Care Month in South Carolina. During this month, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) would like to celebrate grandparents, aunts, uncles, relatives, and family friends who step in to take care children and youth who might otherwise go into foster care.


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