Getting Licensed

When SCDSS becomes involved with a child and identifies a kinship caregiver, that caregiver may be able to become licensed as a kinship foster parent if eligibility requirements are met. In most cases, the licensing processes takes about 90 days. There are also some licensing requirements SCDSS is allowed to waive for kinship foster care.

As a licensed kinship foster parent, you have greater support and that can make placement more stable for the child:

  • A licensed kinship foster parent will receive the benefits and services that other foster parents receive.
  • Those benefits include monthly board payments.
  • Licensed kinship foster parents also receive training and case management support to help with meeting the child’s needs and working with the child’s parents.

For more information about eligibility for licensing, contact your case manager. You will then be referred to a Kinship Care Coordinator to start the licensing process. If you don’t want to become licensed as a kinship foster parent, or if eligibility requirements aren’t met, legal custody or adoption may be an option. you may be offered legal custody of the child.

For additional information, please review the Kinship Foster Care Brochure

“The change in her since she came into our care is miraculous. To see her smiles and her new accomplishments makes it all worth it.” - Kim Hall

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.