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Recent News

Sat, 07/16/2022

Effective July 16, 2022, 9-8-8 replaces the 10-digit phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255).

Modeled after 9-1-1, the new three-digit…

Sun, 07/10/2022

The SC Lawyer magazine's July 2022 edition features an article regarding Safe Babies Courts written by Department of Children's Advocacy Director and State Child Advocate Amanda Whittle. DSS…

Fri, 06/24/2022

The S.C. Department of Children's Advocacy congratulates Foster Care Review Board 7A (Spartanburg) and Bianca Williams. Board 7A and Ms. Williams were recognized during Foster Care Review Board's…

Sun, 05/01/2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Department of Children's Advocacy Director and State Child Advocate Amanda Whittle shared, "The world can be a scary place, and life's obstacles and…

Thu, 04/07/2022

Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed April 17-23 as Volunteer Week.  

The Department of Children's Advocacy highlighted volunteers on social media to recognize and thank the almost 2000…

Mon, 02/14/2022

Department of Juvenile Justice's Acting Director Eden Hendrick has requested $20 million to build a state-operated Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) for seriously mentally ill,…

Thu, 11/11/2021

The S.C. Department of Children's Advocacy celebrates November as Adoption Month. This year's theme is "Every Conversation Matters," and the campaign focuses on "finding the right adoptive family…

Tue, 08/10/2021

The Department of Children's Advocacy publishes a monthly update to connect with our partners, leaders and fellow advocates. Our most recent update is…

Tue, 05/18/2021
Hope Connects You!

The South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy encourages everyone to participate in a valuable screener that is made available through a…

Fri, 01/29/2021

The Department of Children's Advocacy (DCA) launches a new monthly publication. This newsletter is aimed at keeping partners and the community up-to-date on key happenings within DCA.

Mon, 12/14/2020

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issues the following update regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Carolina.

(SCGOV) DHEC guidance for South Carolina…

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Columbia, SC 29201

Office: 803-734-3176

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