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Meet the State Child Advocate and Executive Director

Amanda F. Whittle, J.D., CWLS 

Amanda F. Whittle was appointed as South Carolina’s State Child Advocate (SCA) and Director of the South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy (DCA) by Governor Henry D. McMaster on June 3, 2019. Director Whittle graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in May of 1992 and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in December of 1994. She is admitted to the South Carolina Bar and United States District Court. She is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) through the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC).

Prior to her appointment, she was a law partner with the law firm of Johnson, Johnson, Whittle & Snelgrove, Attorneys, P.A. for ten years; was a county attorney and circuit coordinator with the Department of Social Services for ten years; and was an Assistant General Counsel with the Department of Social Services for four years. During her years in private practice, she served as the attorney for the volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program and as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team in the Second Judicial Circuit.

She currently serves on the Suicide Prevention Coalition, Child Fatality Advisory Committee, Children’s Justice Act Task Force, Medical Care Advisory Board, Children’s Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition, Bench-Bar Committee, Joint Council of Children and Adolescents (Immediate-Past Chair), DSS Advisory Council, and Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (ad hoc member). She is married to her former law partner, James Whittle, and they have three adult children.

Director Whittle's work in the private and public sectors, along with her passion for serving and advocating for others, have prepared her to work with the great team at the S.C. Department of Children's Advocacy and with many partners throughout the state to improve outcomes for children who are served by South Carolina state agencies.

Advocacy. Accountability. Service.