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9-8-8: The New National Suicide Prevention Hotline

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,…

Safe Babies Courts is in the News!

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 Board of Foster Care Review Board Announces Honorees at Annual Professional Development Day

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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Department of Children's Advocacy Director and State Child Advocate Amanda Whittle shared, "The world can be a…

Thank you to the Hundreds Volunteers who Advocate for Children in South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed April 17-23 as Volunteer Week.   The Department of Children's Advocacy highlighted volunteers on social media to…

Dept. of Juvenile Justice Acting Director Eden Hendrick Requests $20 Million for State-Operated Mental Health Facility

Department of Juvenile Justice's Acting Director Eden Hendrick has requested $20 million to build a state-operated Psychiatric Residential Treatment…

Department of Children's Advocacy Celebrates National Adoption Month

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

Governor McMaster Proclaims October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Register for the virtual Safe Sleep Summit at: www.upstateahec.org (Click the CE Tab > Live Courses > October) All sessions of the summit are…

Learn More About our Agency's Advocacy with Monthly Updates

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

Hope Connects You: A Mental Health Screener

Hope Connects You! The South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy encourages everyone to participate in a valuable screener that is made…

S.C. Department of Children's Advocacy 

1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 471A

Columbia, SC 29201

Office: 803-734-3176

Toll Free Complaint Line: 1-800-206-1957