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Post Adoption Services

Post Adoption Records Request If you were adopted through the South Carolina Foster Care System (DSS, The Children’s Bureau, etc) and are over the age of 21, you are eligible to request a copy of your finalized adoption record. Please note that we…

Adoption Assistance

The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 provided the first Federal subsidies to encourage the adoption of children from the nation's foster care system. These subsidies, known as adoption assistance, serve to minimize the financial…

Adoption FAQ

Can I adopt an infant from DSS? The truth is, limited infants come through DSS for adoption and birth mothers don’t typically surrender their newborns to DSS. If a newborn comes into custody, DSS attempts to place the baby…

Adoption Data

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TANF

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for SNAP and TANF Applications   TANF Child-Only Grants   If you are caring for a relative other than your child who is under the age of 18 (e.g., your grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling, or other qualifying relative by…

Child Well-Being

The South Carolina Department of Social Services is committed to the well-being of children and their families.  Our mandate, as the state’s child welfare agency, encompasses a wide-range of services, including:  child protective services;…

Contact DSS

24/7 Abuse & Neglect Reporting Hotline Report known or suspected abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult. 1-888-CARE4US or 1-888-227-3487 Report Abuse/Neglect Online County Office Locations …

Online Services

Report Abuse & Neglect: Report known or suspected abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult.   SNAP/TANF Eligibility Check:  Find out if you may be eligible for SNAP/TANF benefits in just a few seconds.   SNAP/TANF Benefits Inquiry:…

Foster Care

ALERT - New Foster Home and Adoptive Home Regulations will go into effect on September 12, 2021. You can review the new regulations in the May 28, 2021 edition of the State Register, beginning on page 534, and found at South Carolina Legislature…

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Click HERE to Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse Online FRAUD Email Address:  fraud.hotline@dss.sc.gov FRAUD Hotline Number:  1-800-694-8518 or 803-898-8005 (Press Option 2) FRAUD Address:  South Carolina Department of Social Services Office of…


Child Welfare Services Transformation

Best Outcomes for Children and Families

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.