News

June 01, 2020

SCDSS Recognizes June as Reunification Month


Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed June as National Reunification Month in recognition of the coordinated efforts that help families stay together. It is also a time the SC Department of Social Services celebrates families who overcome obstacles to provide a safe and loving home for their children and are able to reunify after their children have been placed in the child welfare system.

May 14, 2020

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Returns to SC


The South Carolina Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the seasonal return of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP is a seasonal USDA grant program to provide eligible seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and to increase awareness and use of community markets.

May 12, 2020

Temporary Healthy Bucks SNAP Incentive Increase


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for farmers markets, independent farmers, and some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable residents. In response to these challenges, the South Carolina Department of Social Services will be increasing the maximum Healthy Bucks SNAP incentive amount to $15.00 from May 15, 2020, to July 31, 2020.

May 07, 2020

Infant Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act


Infant Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act

May 04, 2020

Federal Grant Renewed to Continue SC’s Strides in Early Education


The SC Department of Social Services recently received positive news that a federal grant will be renewed to help the state continue expansion of early learning programs. The renewal grant provides $11 million per year, for up to three years, through the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

May 04, 2020

SNAP Recipients in Areas Impacted by Tornadoes to Receive Automatic Replacement of Benefits


The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced counties and zip codes eligible to receive automatic replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits under a federal waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service


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.