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Daniel's Law - Safe Haven for Babies

Daniel's Law Daniel's Law was signed into law in 2001 and is named for an infant boy who survived after being buried in a landfill in Allendale County soon after his birth. Nurses named him Daniel as he recovered at a hospital. The Safe Haven for…

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…

DSS Recognizes March as Social Work Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE803-898-7602 publicinfo@dss.sc.gov DSS Recognizes March as Social Work Month March 1, 2024 - COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Department of Social Services recognizes and celebrates March as Social Work Month in South…

Governor Henry McMaster signs legislation to establish a Kinship Guardianship Program in South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Will Batchelor803-898-7835publicinfo@dss.sc.gov Governor Henry McMaster signs legislation to establish a Kinship Guardianship Program in South Carolina November 9, 2023- On Thursday, Governor Henry McMaster was joined…

DSS Announces New Darlington County Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Danielle Jones publicinfo@dss.sc.gov 803-898-7602 DSS Announces New Darlington County Director Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) would like to announce Ms. Adrienne Wingate as the…

DSS Announces New Laurens County Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Danielle Jones publicinfo@dss.sc.gov 803-898-7602 DSS Announces New Laurens County Director Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Social Services would like to announce Dr. Shebby Neely Aiken as the new…

SCDSS Recognizes Kinship Care Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Will Batchelor publicinfo@dss.sc.gov 803-898-7602   Sept. 1, 2023 – Governor Henry McMaster has declared September as Kinship Care Month in South Carolina. During this month, the South Carolina Department of…

DSS Recognizes March as Social Work Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Danielle Jones 803-898-7602 Danielle.Jones@dss.sc.gov DSS Recognizes March as Social Work Month March 3, 2023 - COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Department of Social Services recognizes and celebrates March as…

Gov. Henry McMaster Signs Legislation to Expand Kinship Care

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Thursday, September 22nd, Governor Henry McMaster was joined by South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) Director Michael Leach and members of the General Assembly for a ceremonial bill signing of S. 222, a bill that…

New Texting Program Launched for Convenient Access to DSS Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Will Batchelor(803) 898-7835Will.Batchelor@dss.sc.gov New Texting Program Launched for Convenient Access to DSS Services August 22, 2022 - The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) has partnered with…


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Best Outcomes for Children and Families

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