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The Department of Social Services
Adoption Preservation Program congratulates you on your choice to
adopt one or more of South Carolina’s children. We are grateful
for families who are committed to providing a home to a waiting
child, and we hope that all is going well with your family.
Adoption affects families in
many ways. Sometimes families experience difficulties even after
an adoption is final. We are aware that you may need services.
You may ask for Adoption
Preservation services. The services range from providing information
and making referrals to assisting with respite care. The purpose
of these family-centered services is to support families while they
identify their own problems and how they want to deal with them.
Adoption preservation staff are well acquainted with the questions
and adoption issues that you may experience over time.
SERVICES IN YOUR REGION MAY INCLUDE
- Information and Referral - Families often need information
regarding adoption issues and child development, medical problems,
community resources and financial issues. Families may request
or the adoption specialist may suggest referrals to other agencies
or professionals for further assistance.
- Case Management - Families may want regular contact with
an Adoption Preservation specialist to help them through a difficult
time. The family and the specialist determine what ongoing services
may be needed, and a plan is developed.
- Advocacy - Children and families sometimes need to help
others understand issues affecting their family. Adoption Preservation
specialists may be available to attend meetings or staffings or
simply made a telephone contact with or for you.
- Education - Adoption Preservation specialists are aware
of issues in the educational system affecting children identified
with special needs. Parents are connected with agencies that provide
training, information and other parent support related educational
services. An adoption specialist may be included in an Individualized
Education Program (IEP) staffing.
- Therapy - The Adoption Preservation specialist in your
Region will assist you in finding providers who have experience
with adoption issues. Many families discover that the effort by
the specialist to individualize and understand their specific
needs is also therapeutic.
- Respite - Children and families need a break sometimes
- before they reach the breaking point. Many times families can
identify the need for respite before things are out of control.
Respite can range from a few hours to a few days depending on
the need and the availability. Respite care services are available
statewide on a limited basis. The agency may be able to pay the
cost if the child was adopted while in the custody of South Carolina,
and there is a current medical subsidy agreement in place. The
Adoption Preservation specialist in your regional office can help
you with this information.
- Parent Mentoring - Parents can be connected with other
parents who can help them. The agency also has found other referral
sources to support you with this service.
- Residential Treatment - Problems can arise when a temporary
out-of-home placement is necessary for a child to receive an inpatient
level of treatment. DSS might be able to pay the cost if the child
was adopted while in the custody of South Carolina and a current
medical subsidy agreement is in place. Your regional adoption
office will guide you in the application and referral process.
- Support Groups - A support group is composed of adoptive
families. For some families, this is their only way to share with
other people with the same problems. Contact the regional office
for your county to see if adoption support groups are available
in your area. Your specialist also can assist you in identifying
possible groups through private providers.
- Crisis Intervention - Parents often contact the agency
when they are in crisis and need immediate support to get through
a bad time or need help while making a difficult decision.
- Family Retreats - In conjunction with 4-H Leadership
Center of Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, "Family
Strengthening Weekends" are offered for interested adoptive
families. Information about retreats provided by private agencies
also is available as we are notified.
For additional information, please contact
the regional office in your county of residence.
Area Adoption Offices
714 North Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, S.C. 29607
(864) 241-1070 / 1-800-868-6595
Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties
454 South Anderson Road
Rock Hill, S.C. 29730
(803) 329-9626 / 1-800-922-1537
Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties
Children's Center of South Carolina
2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 220
Columbia, S.C. 29204
(803) 929-2555 / 1-888-711-7095
Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties
Aiken DSS Office
P.O. Drawer 1268
Aiken, S.C. 29802-1268
(803) 502-1826 / 1-888-866-8852
Aiken and Barnwell counties
3346 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, S.C. 29405
(843) 953-9750 / 1-800-922-1518
Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties
Orangeburg DSS Office
P.O. Box 1087
Orangeburg, S.C. 29116-1087
Bamberg, Dorchester, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties
181 East Evans Street, Suite 112
Florence, S.C. 29501
(843) 661-2495 / 1-800-763-6637
Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties
OTHER AGENCIES THAT MAY ASSIST YOU
PRO-PARENTS - Parents Reaching Out to Parents
of South Carolina is a private nonprofit organization that provides
information and training to assist parents in making decisions about
their child’s education. The focus is on children with disabilities
that impact learning. To contact PRO- PARENTS, call (803) 779-3859
in Columbia or 1-800-759-4776 statewide.
FAMILY CONNECTION - Family Connection is a support
network for families who have children of all ages with special
needs. They offer: support groups, family social events, workshops,
a newsletter and information. In Columbia call (803) 252-0914
or 1-800-578-8750 statewide.
South Carolina Council on Adoptable Children (COAC)
offers local adoptive parent support groups, a buddy system and
a quarterly publication providing information about various adoption
activities. It also offers adoption information seminars. Call 1-800-374-9710
South Carolina Services Information System (SCSIS)
is the central source of information on services available in South
Carolina for persons with disabilities. Trained and caring information
specialists will listen to you, help identify your needs and locate
service providers in an area close to you. In Columbia call (803)
955-5300 or 1-800-922-1107 statewide.
Adoption is a lifelong journey for your child
and for your family. We wish you continued growth in your knowledge,
understanding and experience. If we may be of service now or in
the future, please contact the regional office in your county of
For more information on adoption in South
Carolina, please call 1-888-CARE-4-US.
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