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Agency News, Notices and Featured Items

New DSS Website Coming Soon!

A redesign of the DSS web site, featuring a new navigation system and a whole new look and feel will be released this month! Keep an eye open for the launch of the redesign and additional enhancements that we hope to make in the coming months.

Central Registry Fee Schedule

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Effective July 1, 2008, the SC General Assembly made a change in the fees to be charged to individuals requesting a background screening of the South Carolina Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect.» Read more...

Disaster Preparedness

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The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) website's Disaster Preparedness section provides helpful information during times of heightened alert. For information for Foster Parents, Group Homes, Child Placing Agencies, Child Care Providers» Read more...

If you are a DSS Employee concerned about work scheduling, click here.

FFY 2009 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Pre-Expenditure Report

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The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) hereby gives notice of the availability of the “FFY-2009 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Pre-Expenditure Report” to the citizens of South Carolina for review and comment. The report reflects plans of the SCDSS/State of South Carolina to expend SSBG funds for the 2008 fiscal year, October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009... » Read more...

Checking Up: States' Reports On Child-Care Centers Hit Web

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The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger writes of the new SC DSS Childcare site's ability to query Child Care center's safety records: "In the past, state regulators' inspections of child-care centers and homes for safety, quality and cleanliness typically were cloaked in bureaucratic obscurity. To see the records, parents often had to drive to a state office during the workday or file cumbersome written requests under state freedom-of-information laws. Now, 20 of the 50 states have begun posting the records online, and at least 13 more plan to do so soon. Searches usually can be done by Zip Code, city or facility name, bringing up state inspection reports, safety or health citations, complaint investigations or all three." » Read more...

Public Notice

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The Department of Social Services does hereby give notice that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) caseload reduction credit estimates and methodology, which are used to adjust the state’s work participation goals under TANF, are available for public review and comment through December 31, 2007. » Read more...

HALOS to provide grants

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HALOS, in cooperation with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), will replicate its model in three sites, two within the state of South Carolina and one outside of the state. Applicants will receive funding ($41,666) and training and technical assistance for a 15 month period to replicate the HALOS model in which local faith based and community organizations, businesses, and individuals are linked together to target needed resources to abused and neglected children and youth in their communities.» Read more...

To become a foster or adoptive parent, call 1-888-CARE-4-US

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DSS considers adoptions for children who are unable to return home or be placed with relatives. Adoption services include assessment of children, recruitment of adoptive families and placement of children in adoptive homes. DSS also offers services to birth parents who are considering adoption for their child or children. Post-adoption services exist for adoptive families, adult adoptees and birth families.

DSS provides assistance to people in need

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The South Carolina Department of Social Services is committed to helping people build better lives. Because of the changes in the welfare laws, DSS has become an agency that focuses on employment and training for its clients while maintaining its commitment to ensuring the well-being of the children and families it serves.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the South Carolina Department of Social Services is to ensure the safety and health of children and adults who cannot protect themselves, and to assist those in need of food assistance and temporary financial assistance while transitioning into employment.

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South Carolina Department of Social Services

P.O. Box 1520 ? Columbia, SC 29202-1520

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