News

October 22, 2020

Infant Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act


Officials with the Orangeburg Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg recently accepted an infant surrendered under Daniel’s Law, The Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act.

October 16, 2020

DSS Announces Child Care Assistance for Working Parents


As part of our efforts to assist families during the COVID-19 pandemic, DSS is offering child care assistance for working parents. The number of vouchers is limited based on funding availability, and parents must meet income and other requirements to qualify.

October 06, 2020

State Director’s October Angle: Bias Has No Place In Our Work


I want to remind all of our DSS professionals about racial bias. We are engaging our team members around the issue of our bias in decision making based upon implicit bias, racial bias, selective exposure theory, and confirmation bias, among others. I ask that you join along with us to confront racial and exposure bias by being cognizant of decisions that may be influenced by bias on the basis of race and/or a focus on information that confirms pre-existing attitudes.

September 30, 2020

South Carolina Selected by USDA for SNAP Integrity Grant


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced over $5.5 million in grants to state partners as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the program integrity of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

September 11, 2020

FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Text Message Scam Targeting SNAP Recipients


USDA issued the following notice today to protect SNAP participants, after receiving reports of several possible SNAP Fraud attempts: Be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information. The text might say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP. If you do not know if a request for information about SNAP is real or not, contact your local SNAP office.

September 09, 2020

South Carolina Selected For New, First-of-its-Kind National Program to Redesign Child Welfare Program Into Child and Family Well-Being System


The State of South Carolina is one of four jurisdictions nationwide chosen to participate in the first tier of a cutting edge national program that aims to move child welfare systems from traditional, reactive child protection systems to advanced systems designed to support holistic child and family well-being while preventing child maltreatment and unnecessary family separation.


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.