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Mission: S.C. Department of Children’s Advocacy champions advocacy, accountability and service to improve outcomes for children served by state agencies in South Carolina.

Vision: Growing a community where children thrive.

The South Carolina Department for Children’s Advocacy (DCA) was established by 2018 Act No.160 (S. 805) of the South Carolina General Assembly, effective July 1, 2019, as promulgated in S.C. Code of Laws Ann. Section 63-11-2210, et. seq. The South Carolina Department for Children’s Advocacy is an independent state agency which consists of an Investigations Unit and three program divisions – Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, Continuum of Care and Foster Care Review Board.

The Department of Children's Advocacy's Investigations Unit is authorized to receive, refer, monitor and/or investigate complaints regarding services provided to children by the following agencies: 

  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Governor's School of Agriculture at John de la Howe
  • School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School

Annual Report:  Click here to view the Department of Children's Advocacy's 2019-2020 Annual Report.

Amanda F. Whittle

Amanda F. Whittle, J.D., CWLS - The department is led by State Child Advocate and Executive Director Amanda Whittle. Click here to meet the State Child Advocate. 

Petra Clay-Jones

Petra Clay-Jones, LISW-CPS - Deputy Child Advocate of Program Operations

Kayla D. Capps

Kayla D. Capps, J.D. - Deputy Child Advocate of Investigations



Advocacy. Accountability. Service.