News

February 07, 2020

SC DSS observes February as Vulnerable Adult Awareness month


Gov. Henry McMaster has declared February 2020 as Vulnerable Adult Awareness Month in the state, which gives the South Carolina Department of Social Services the chance to highlight the agency’s Adult Advocacy Division.

February 05, 2020

DSS Reports Record Number of Adoptions in 2019


The South Carolina Department of Social Services reports the highest number of adoptions in over five years, with 570 children finding their forever homes in 2019.

December 14, 2019

Infant Surrendered Safely


Anderson County Baby Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act

November 21, 2019

Leaning in to Support and Improve Child Welfare Practice


Recently, State Director Leach and Child Welfare Services Deputy Karen Bryant visited several local DSS county offices in the Midlands. They met with county leadership, shadowed frontline child welfare professionals, sat in on case staffings and connected with a few community partners. Similar visits are planned for all regions of the state for an up-close view of how the agency is working to engage and strengthen families.

November 21, 2019

Michelle H Class Action Lawsuit Update


The South Carolina Department of Social Services is improving the way child welfare services are organized and delivered to children in foster care. The agency has made consistent strides over the last several years to effect systemic reform, with emphasis on improvements in the areas of hiring, retention and caseload management.

November 18, 2019

DSS Inspector General Office Helps Prevent Fraud


The SCDSS Office of Inspector General is staffed with certified law enforcement personnel skilled in specialized administrative and criminal investigative techniques with the responsibility for the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in the Department’s programs and operations.


Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.