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Abuse and Neglect Reporting

South Carolina Department of Social Services - Provides protective services for children and vulnerable adults, adoption, and foster care services. To report suspected abuse or neglect, call the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

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Advocacy for Children

Disability Rights South Carolina Protection and Advocacy - The designated Protection and Advocacy System in South Carolina. Disability Rights South Carolina seeks to protect and advance the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina Carolina through education, outreach, monitoring, investigation and legal support  (formerly known as Protection and Advocacy) https://www.disabilityrightssc.org/what-we-do/


Family Connection of South Carolina - With grant funding through the Department of Education, provides parent-to-parent support to families of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs https://www.familyconnectionsc.org/


Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) - FCRB was created in 1974 to review the cases of children who are in foster care and to advocate for permanence for those children. FCRB also administers the S.C. Heart Gallery which photographs legally free children and creates photo exhibits throughout the state in an effort to identify adoptive homes for foster children whose parents’ parental rights have been terminated.  Legislative and Gubernatorial-appointed volunteers serve on local boards and on a state board. For more information including how to become a board member, visit fcrb.sc.gov or call 803-734-0480.


Guardian ad Litem Program - The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program is a statewide program administered by the SC Dept of Children’s Advocacy. The GAL Program provides a court-appointed special advocate in 45 counties for abused and neglected children who are involved in family court proceedings initiated by the Dept of Social Services. To learn more about the program including how to become a Guardian ad Litem, contact www.gal.sc.gov or call 1-800-277-0113.


Richland County CASA - County program tat provides court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children who are involved in family court proceedings initiated by the Dept of Social Services in Richland County. To learn more about the Richland County program, visit their website at rcasa.org or call 803-576-1735.


SC Department of Children’s Advocacy - Investigations Unit: Do you have a complaint regarding services provided to a child? The SC Department of Children’s Advocacy’s Investigations Unit was created to help. The DCA Investigations Unit receives, refers, monitors  and investigates complaints related to services or programs provided to children in South Carolina by nine state agencies (DSS, DJJ, DHEC, DMH, DDSN, DHHS, John de la Howe School, School for the Deaf and the Blind, Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School). You can submit a complaint by phone at 1-800-206-1957, submit an online complaint at https://childadvocate.sc.gov/submit-complaint, or email Info@ChildAdvocate.sc.gov.  


SC Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Parent Hotline - Families seeking information about justice-involved youth should call the Office of Juvenile Information at 1-866-681-5187.


SC Department of Mental Health - Patient Advocacy: to help prevent violations to your rights; review, investigate, and resolve any complaints regarding your rights; advocate for quality care. You must be a patient receiving services at SCDMH facilities and centers. Call 803-898-8557 or 1-866-300-9330 https://scdmh.net/patients_families/patient-advocacy-2/.


S.C. Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) - The SCNCAC is an accredited state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and serves as a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization to represent child advocacy center (CAC) programs in South Carolina.  Child Advocacy Centers (CACs)’s mission is to deliver a best practice response to child abuse. To learn more about their services and for links to the local CACs, visit cac-sc.org or call 803-576-7250.

Alcohol and Substance Use

AlcoholicsAnonymous.com - Alcoholics Resource Center guides individuals struggling with alcohol addiction to AA meetings and recovery that helps prevent painful relapse. They offer many resources that can help individuals identify problematic behavioral patterns and help establish the best approach to fully overcome the challenging obstacles of alcohol addiction.

For more information about resources available in South Carolina, visit https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/south-carolina/ or call 800-839-1686.


Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) - DAODAS is the South Carolina government agency charged with ensuring  quality services  to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of  substance use and addictions. Their mission is ensure the availability and quality of a continuum of substance use services, thereby improving the health status, safety, and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities across South Carolina.

For more information click this link https://www.daodas.sc.gov/ or call 803-896-5555.


S.C. Department of Mental Health (DMH) Addiction and Mental Health Crisis Counseling Hotline - Call 1-844-SC-HOPES or 1-844-724-6737 (Para Español 1-833-TU-APOYO o 1-833-882-7696) (Deaf and hard of hearing persons may call 803-339-3339.)


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a treatment referral routing service which provides confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. Call 1-800-662-4357.

Behavioral and Mental Health

Continuum of Care (COC) - COC is administered by the S.C. Department of Children’s Advocacy with a mission to ensure continuing development and delivery of appropriate services to those children with the most severe and complex emotional or behavioral health challenges whose needs are not being adequately met by existing services and programs. Learn more about the eligibility and application for Continuum of Care’s intensive care coordination at www.coc.sc.gov.


S.C. Department of Education (Dept. of Ed) - The Dept. of Ed’s goal “is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success.” -Medicaid and available services (includes School Based Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services, and Special Needs Transportation): https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/medicaid/ Call the Office of Medicaid Services at 803-724-3698 or Special Needs Transportation at 803-734-3913.


S.C. Department of Mental Health (DMH): 

Benefits/Financial Assistance

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) - Administers a program called Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program that helps families in need of nutritional education and support. To schedule an appointment to apply for WIC call 1-855-472-3432. Please review items needed for your application at this link https://scdhec.gov/health/wic-nutrition-program/apply-wic-its-easy. To learn more about services provided at your local health department for WIC, immunizations, or family planning services click this link https://scdhec.gov/health/health-public-health-clinics.


S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Administers Healthy Connections which is South Carolina’s Medicaid Program that helps pay for some or all medical bills. For additional information and available resources review their website at https://www.scdhhs.gov/Getting-Started. -You may apply online at https://apply.scdhhs.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do, for assistance call 1-800-726-8774. You may also apply in person at your local county office or contact customer service at 1-888-549-0820. For a local county office listing, follow this link https://www.scdhhs.gov/site-page/where-go-help.


S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) offers several financial assistance programs to eligible South Carolinians:

  • SNAP Nutrition Education is a program that provides information to families receiving SNAP benefits to make healthier food and physical activity choices. For more information contact SNAP Education Program Staff at 803-898-1068 or 803-898-8073 or email SNAPED@dss.sc.gov.
  • Emergency Shelter Food Program provides reimbursement to emergency and homeless shelters to ensure children 18 years and under receive healthy meals. To apply contact DSS at 803-898-0944.
  • Refugee Resettlement Program is administered by DSS and allows refugees and others resettled in South Carolina to reach economic independence. For additional information contact the Economic Services Division at 803-898-7474.

SC Works provides workforce resources for jobseekers and employers, including career counseling, job referrals, testing and training services, and resume-writing assistance. For more information click this link https://scworks.org/. If you require auxiliary aids or other services contact ADA@dew.sc.gov.


SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) pays unemployment insurance benefits, collects unemployment taxes, helps people find jobs, and matches employers with jobseekers. For information on the application process and available resources click this link https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits/claims-process. For jobseekers click this link https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/find-a-job. For employers click this link https://dew.sc.gov/employers.


Social Security Administration (SSA) pays benefits to people including retirees, children, widows, widowers, and people with disabilities. For additional information and application by phone call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). For local Social Security Offices click this link https://www.ssa.gov/locator/.


S.C. Dept. of Education - Free and Reduced Lunch in South Carolina: all public schools in SC participate in the National School Lunch Program. For additional information including applications, please use the following link: https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/nutrition/meal-programs/national-school-lunch-program/. To find your child’s school name and phone number use the School Directory found at https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/schools/school-directory/?activetab=search then select the Search Schools tab or call the Department of Education at 803-734-8500.


SC Thrive helps South Carolinians identify available benefits and state resources. For more information call 1-800-726-8774, email contact@scthrive.org, or visit their website at https://scthrive.org/.

  • English and Spanish services are available through SC Thrive’s contact center (800-726-8774). You can apply for the following benefits using Thrive Hub: Medicaid, Healthy Connections Prime, Long-Term Care Benefits, SNAP, TANF, State and Federal Taxes, Medically Indigent Assistance Program, Refugee Cash Assistance, SC Birth Certificate Replacement, Social Security Card Replacement, Voter Registration, and Welvista. To access Thrive Hub use this link https://sso.goodgrid.com/oxauth/login. If you do not have a SC Thrive account, call 800-726-8774.
Clothing

US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Enter your zip code at this site to find shelter, food, health clinics and clothing near you: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter

COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources 

accelerateSC - Provides up-to-date COVID-19 news and data, safety information, and more.

Contact Information: accelerate.sc.gov


South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Provides current information on COVID-19 and is SCDHEC’s dedicated COVID-19 page.

Contact Information: scdhec.gov/covid19

If you need to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can check this website for vaccination locations and availability near you and make an appointment online: cvas.dhec.sc.gov

You may also contact the Covid-19 Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for general questions or for help with scheduling an appointment or the Covid-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 for questions or to find a provider. For additional information please visit https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, the CDC strives to save lives and protect people from health threats. Visit the CDC's website for more information at https://www.cdc.gov/

Daycare

South Carolina Department of Social Services - Provides protective services for children and vulnerable adults, adoption, and foster care services. To report suspected abuse or neglect, call the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Contact Information: https://dss.sc.gov/


South Carolina Child Care - SC Child Care Services | Happy. Healthy. Safe. The SC Voucher Program provides payments to child care providers for low-income families. For additional information use the following link https://scchildcare.org/departments/sc-voucher.aspx or call 1-800-476-0199 or 803-898-2741

Disabilities and Special Needs

Able of South Carolina - Advocates for the rights of parents with disabilities who have children in the care of state agencies.

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South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) - The SCDDSN is the state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. For more information on SCDDSN, visit ddsn.sc.gov.

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Disability Rights South Carolina, Protection and Advocacy - Protects and advances the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina through education, outreach, monitoring, investigation and legal support  (formerly known as Protection and Advocacy) https://www.disabilityrightssc.org/what-we-do/


Family Connection of South Carolina - Provides parent-to-parent support to families of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs https://www.familyconnectionsc.org/


South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) - SCDHHS administers South Carolina's Medicaid benefits and services. The Medically Complex Children’s (MCC) waiver is a statewide program to serve medically complex children from birth to age 18. Children qualifying for this program must meet level of care and medical criteria. Eligible children must be residents of South Carolina and qualify for Healthy Connections Medicaid. Waiver services include Pediatric medical day care • Care coordination by a registered nurse (RN)

          For more information, please contact: (803) 898-2577 or (803) 904-8082
          To make a referral online: https://phoenix.scdhhs.gov/cltc_referrals/new                      
          To make a referral by phone: (803) 898-2577 or (803) 904-8082


Walton Options - A Center for Independent Living providing advocacy services for persons with disabilities in 10 counties in South Carolina (Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties) through our two offices (one in North Augusta, SC and one in Walterboro, SC). Walton Options is a sister organization to Able SC (based in Columbia & Greenville) and AccessAbility (based in Charleston). They provide advocacy and resource services to children with disabilities and their families. 

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Domestic Violence and Sexual Trauma

SC Department of Social Services (DSS) - Domestic violence happens in every community. In an effort to prevent or reduce the incidence of domestic violence, the South Carolina Department of Social Services provides grants to local shelters and contracts with community agencies throughout the state. Through these grants and contracts the goal of the Domestic Violence Program is prevention and the provision of emergency services. DSS does not provide direct services to victims.

If you or someone you know is a victim and you need help please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or click here https://dss.sc.gov/abuseneglect/domestic-violence/help-for-victims/

Education 

Disability Rights South Carolina, Protection and Advocacy - Protects and advances the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina through education, outreach, monitoring, investigation and legal support  (formerly known as Protection and Advocacy) https://www.disabilityrightssc.org/what-we-do/


S.C. Department of Education (Dept. of Ed) - The Dept. of Ed’s goal “is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success.” Learn more or contact Dept. of Ed at https://ed.sc.gov/ or contact the state office at 803-734-8500 or email info@ed.sc.gov


Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe - The South Carolina Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe (JDLH) is a state-funded, public, residential high school focused on providing a unique and challenging agricultural education program. Our school, the first statewide program of its kind in the nation, will allow students to receive hands-on training in the fields of agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, land management, food science, and more - all aimed at assessing the needs of modern farms. To learn more about the school or how to apply to attend, visit https://delahowe.sc.gov/about-us or call (864) 391-2131


S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) - SCSDB’s mission is to that the individuals we serve realize maximum success through high quality educational programs, outreach services, and partnerships and vision is to be the statewide leader in education and accessibility for individuals who are deaf, blind, or sensory multi-disabled. For more information about the residential schools and services of the SCSDB, visit https://www.scsdb.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1454 or call 864-577-7803.

  • Statewide Interpreter Request Line

         Toll-Free: 1-888-567-0980
         Website: https://www.scsdb.org/InterpretingRequests
         Email: requests@scsdb.org

  • American Sign Language (ASL)

          Paul May, ASL Coordinator
          VP: 864-513-8681
          Text: 803-413-5869
          Email: pmay@scsdb.org


Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School (WLG) - WLG is the state’s oldest alternative education provider and has been serving South Carolina’s families since 1921. WLG serves South Carolina students who are 16 through 19 years of age who are on a path toward truancy, failing at their current school, dropping out of school and not completing their education, missing a college education or a successful career, or approaching a negative lifestyle due to bad choices in their everyday life. WLG’s services include Compensatory Education Pre-Vocational Training, Pre-Employment Training Career Guidance and Job Placement, Counseling/Healthcare, and Life Skill / Self-Discipline. For more information, visit https://willougray.org/faqs-about-wlg/ or call 803.896.6461.

Food Pantries and Assistance

Golden Harvest Food Bank bridges communities and provides food resources throughout Georgia and South Carolina to help neighbors in need overcome hunger and lead happy, healthy lives with the mission of "Feeding Lives Together" and a vision to "Inspire Healthy Change, One Meal At a Time." For more information, visit https://goldenharvest.org/.


Harvest Hope Food Bank is South Carolina's largest food bank serving the Midlands, Pee Dee and upstate with the mission to "eliminate hunger and food insecurity in South Carolina". For more information, visit https://www.harvesthope.org/ 


Children’s Trust SC Parents Website - Search for free or reduced cost services
like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/


US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Enter your zip code at this site to find shelter, food, health clinics and clothing near you: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter


S.C. Department of Education (Dept. of Ed) - The Dept. of Ed’s goal “is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success.” -Health and Nutrition (includes Covid-19 waivers and school food programs): https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/nutrition/

Human Trafficking

If You Suspect Human Trafficking:

Contact your local law enforcement, or call the toll-free National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline at 1-888-373-7888. More information on the NHTRC and how to report human trafficking can be found here: http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/the-nhtrc/overview

  • SC Attorney General: The SC Attorney General chairs a task force to address the crime of human trafficking in South Carolina. For more information about the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force, visit http://www.scag.gov/human-trafficking#ixzz6pCXy2Vno. If your office or agency would like a training on human trafficking, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at 1-803-734-3970.
  • Human Trafficking Task Force: The South Carolina Human Trafficking Law, S.C. Code Ann. 16-3-2050(B)(1) provides that the Attorney General will chair a task force to address the crime of human trafficking in South Carolina. The Task Force efforts are in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies. The Task Force believes that prevention is one of the most important tasks of our collective. The more educated our communities, the closer we become in preventing individuals from being victimized. For more information, visit http://humantrafficking.scag.gov/ If your office or agency would like a training on human trafficking, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at 1-803-734-3970.
Jobs

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) is responsible for paying unemployment insurance benefits, collecting unemployment taxes, helping people find jobs, matching businesses with qualified candidates, and collecting and disseminating state/federal employment statistics. For more information, visit https://dew.sc.gov/.


State of South Carolina Careers Page is a one-stop-shop for jobs with State of South Carolina government, with positions representing more than 70 state agencies statewide. For more information, visit https://careers.sc.gov/.


Children’s Trust SC Parents Website - Search for employment, job training, medical care, food,  and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/


SC Department of Administration (Admin) hosts a portal with South Carolina government job openings. To see the listings and to apply, visit https://careers.sc.gov/ (then select/click “Search Openings”).


SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) pays unemployment insurance benefits, collects unemployment taxes, helps people find jobs, and matches employers with jobseekers. For information on the application process and available resources click this link https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits/claims-process. For jobseekers click this link https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/find-a-job. For employers click this link https://dew.sc.gov/employers.


SC Works provides workforce resources for jobseekers and employers, including career counseling, job referrals, testing and training services, and resume-writing assistance. For more information click this link https://scworks.org/. If you require auxiliary aids or other services contact ADA@dew.sc.gov.

Legal Aid/Fraud/Civil Rights

South Carolina Bar serves bar members and the public through education and resources. For additional information call 803-799-6653 or click https://www.scbar.org/


Lawyer Referral Service provides a free referral to a lawyer in your area. These lawyers do not work on DSS cases. Call 1-800-868-2285, and for Richland and Lexington Counties call 803-799-7100, or click “Find a lawyer now!” on this website: https://www.scbar.org/public/get-legal-help/find-lawyer-or-mediator/find-a-lawyer/.


Free Legal Answers is an online program that allows eligible people to submit a question to an attorney online. For more information on whether you qualify please use the following link https://sc.freelegalanswers.org/.


Pro Bono Legal Assistance offers legal services for people in South Carolina that meet the federal poverty guidelines. For more information and to see if you qualify, please call 1-800-395-3425.


South Carolina Legal Services provides free legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) legal matters to low income South Carolinians. Click “apply online” at https://sclegal.org/ or call 1-888-346-5592 for legal help.


South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense has programs and services for legal representation to indigent defendants charged with criminal offense in South Carolina courts. For more information call 803-734-1343, email executive@sccid.sc.gov, or review their website at https://sccid.sc.gov/.


For steps to apply for a Public Defender in a criminal case OR an attorney for a DSS or Termination of Parental Rights case, please review the handout at this website https://sccid.sc.gov/docs/HOW%20TO%20GET%20A%20LAWYER%20SCCID.pdf. Here’s a list of Public Defenders by county for criminal matters: https://sccid.sc.gov/about-us/county-public-defenders.


Civil Rights Violation - If you believe you have been discriminated against, or that your civil rights have been violated, please send a written complaint to: U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Carolina, Attention: Civil Rights Program, 1441 Main Street, Suite 500, Columbia, SC 29201. The complaint form may be downloaded here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/page/file/933421/download. For additional questions call 803-929-3000, email usasc.civilrights@usdoj.gov, or review their website at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/how-to-submit-a-civil-rights-complaint#:~:text=If%20you%20believe%20that%20you,to%20the%20U.S.%20Attorney's%20Office.&text=Mail%3A%20U.S.%20Attorney's%20Office%2C%20District,(803)%20929%2D3000.


South Carolina Office of Inspector General  (OIG) - OIG is charged with investigating and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, violations of state or federal law, and wrongdoing in the Executive Branch. To learn more about the types of complaints accepted by OIG, visit https://oig.sc.gov/file-complaint or call 1-803-896-4729. To make a complaint by phone, call 1-855-723-7283 (1-855-SCFRAUD).

Medical/Physical Health

Children’s Trust SC Parents Website - Search for free or reduced cost services
like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/


S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) DHHS-Medicaid - HHS’s mission is to “purchase the most health for our citizens in need at the least possible cost to the taxpayer.” Medicaid is South Carolina's grant-in-aid program by which the federal and state governments share the cost of providing medical care for needy persons who have low income. The rules for Medicaid coverage vary from state to state. Someone who is eligible in South Carolina may not be eligible in North Carolina or Georgia, for example. The contact information regarding South Carolina Medicaid  is:

          SCDHHS's website: https://www.scdhhs.gov/FAQs
          Phone: (803) 898-3834 (general issues); Email: memberrelations@scdhhs.gov.

Also through DHHS is the Medically Complex Children’s (MCC) waiver which is a statewide program to serve medically complex children from birth to age 18. Children qualifying for this program must meet level of care and medical criteria. Eligible children must be residents of South Carolina and qualify for Healthy Connections Medicaid. Waiver services include Pediatric medical day care and care coordination by a registered nurse (RN)

          For more information, please contact: (803) 898-2577 or (803) 904-8082
          To make a referral online: https://phoenix.scdhhs.gov/cltc_referrals/new                      
          To make a referral by phone: (803) 898-2577 or (803) 904-8082


U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Find health clinics, shelter, food, and clothing near you by entering your zip code at this site: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter.

Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Children’s Trust SC Parents Website - Search for free or reduced cost services
like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/.


S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) DHHS-Medicaid - HHS’s mission is to “purchase the most health for our citizens in need at the least possible cost to the taxpayer.” Medicaid is South Carolina's grant-in-aid program by which the federal and state governments share the cost of providing medical care for needy persons who have low income. The rules for Medicaid coverage vary from state to state. Someone who is eligible in South Carolina may not be eligible in North Carolina or Georgia, for example. For more information, visit their website at https://www.scdhhs.gov/FAQs or call: (803) 898-3834 (general issues), or memberrelations@scdhhs.gov.


U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Find health clinics, shelter, food, and clothing near you by entering your zip code at this site: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter.

Parent and Family Resources 

Children’s Trust SC Parents Website - Search for free or reduced cost services
like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/.


S.C. Department of Education (Dept. of Ed) - The Dept. of Ed’s goal “is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success.” Learn more or contact Dept. of Ed at https://ed.sc.gov/ or contact the state office at 803-734-8500 or email info@ed.sc.gov.


Family & Community Engagement - https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/family-community-engagement/


SC Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Parent Hotline - Families seeking information about justice-involved youth should call the Office of Juvenile Information at 1-866-681-5187.


SC Department of Social Services Constituent Services - If you have a question, complaint or concern about services offered by DSS, their Constituent Services specialists can assist with matters including SNAP, TANF, foster care, daycare licensing, foster care, kinship care, and child abuse and neglect. Contacts: (803) 898-7601 press “0” or https://dss.sc.gov/contact/.


SC Department of Social Services (DSS) Foster Parent Licensure and Support - To learn more about being a foster parent in South Carolina, visit https://dss.sc.gov/foster-care/current-foster-parent/faq/. For existing foster parents who need support, contact the Foster Parent Liaison at fphelp@dss.sc.gov or 803-898-4174.


SC Department of Social Services (DSS) Kinship Care Services - When parents can’t meet a child’s basic needs, relatives or family friends often step in to care for the child. This is kinship care, and it can be temporary or permanent. For more information, visit https://dss.sc.gov/prevention/kinship-care/ or call:

Each SCDSS region has a Kinship Care Coordinator available to answer your questions, help you find resources and advocate for you and the children in your care:

Prevention 

Children’s Trust South Carolina Parents Website - Search for free or reduced cost services
like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/.

Records Request 

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Vital Records houses important records such as Birth Certificates (including adding a father to a birth certificate or changing a name after an adoption), Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates. For more information on access to these records visit their website at https://scdhec.gov/vital-records, email info@dhec.sc.gov, or call 803-898-3432.


SC Department of Social Services (DSS) - DSS maintains many records or documents concerning the services they provide. Most of these records are confidential and must be requested directly through DSS. For additional information about obtaining DSS records, contact:  


The Office of General Counsel:
            1535 Confederate Avenue
            P.O. Box 1520
            Columbia, SC  29202-1520

            Telephone: (803) 898-7368
            Fax: (803) 898-7245


Out of State Child Welfare Agency Requesting SAAOF State Child Welfare Agency Requesting DSS Records:   If you are a Child Welfare agency from another state in need of child welfare services records, please draft your request on your agency’s letterhead, including your contact information, and email the request to: CWSrecordsrequest@dss.sc.gov.

Sexual Trauma and Domestic Violence Shelter

Children’s Trust SC Parents Website - Find shelter and search for free or reduced cost services
like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/.


Help with Housing: S.C. Housing Authority - The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) is a self-sustaining agency committed to ensuring that South Carolinians have the opportunity to live in safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Help with housing: https://www.hud.gov/states/south_carolina/custserv

Housing application: http://www.applysectioneight.com/apply/SC


Pathways to Healing (formerly known as Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands) - Offering emergency shelter services, basic necessities, counseling, support groups, advocacy to victims/survivors, and an emotionally supportive environment.

Counties Served: Richland, Lexington, Sumter, Clarendon and Newberry 

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US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Find shelter, food, health clinics and clothing near you by entering your zip code at this site: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter.


Safe Passage, Inc. - Providing victims/survivors of domestic violence with emergency shelter, basic necessities, offer an emotionally supportive environment, counseling, support groups, advocacy, referrals, therapy and children's services.

Counties Served: York, Chester and Lancaster

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Beyond Abuse (formerly Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center) - Offering 24/7 crisis response services, forensic interviews, child maltreatment medical exams, counseling (short term and long term), and more.

Counties Served: Greenwood, Laurens and Abbeville 

Contact Information

  • Hotline: 800-659-0977 
  • Phone Number: 864-227-1623
  • Website: http://beyondabuse.info/
  • Greenwood County Office Address: Greenwood County Office - 115 E. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • Laurens County Office Address: 23013 Hwy 76 East, Clinton, SC  29325

CASA/Family Systems: CASA offers victims services (shelter, sexual assault, and community domestic violence programs), education and outreach services, and The Edisto Children's Center which offers a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse and neglect.

Counties Served: Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg 

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Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons: Offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, 60-day emergency shelter, legal advocacy and more.

Counties Served: Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Edgefield, Saluda and McCormick 

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Family Resource Center: Offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and family counseling, hospital accompaniment, legal and personal advocacy, and prevention education/outreach.

Counties Served: Kershaw and Lee 

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Foothills Alliance: Offers a 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, individual and family therapy, survivor support groups, community awareness/education programs, and volunteer training.

Counties Served: Anderson and Oconee 

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Julie Valentine Center: Offers a rape crisis department (children and adult victims), an adult therapy program, programs for caregivers, and education programs.

County Served: Greenville county. 

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Hope Haven of the Lowcountry: Children’s Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center - Provides child forensic interviews, crisis counseling, victim advocacy, evidence-based mental health treatment, family support, law enforcement partnerships and educational programs.

Counties Served: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper

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Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault - Offers a 24-hour telephone counseling services, individual and group support groups and counseling, appropriate referrals and information, community educational programs, sexual assault resource library, court advocacy, volunteer training, Children's Advocacy Center, forensic interviews, and medical forensic exams for children. 

Counties Served: Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield

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Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault: Offers emergency services, legal and financial assistance services, counseling services, housing services, support services and children's services. 

Counties Served: Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Williamsburg and Clarendon

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People Against Rape: Offers a 24-hour hotline, hospital accompaniment during Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE), police and law enforcement accompaniment, court accompaniment, follow-up services, trauma-informed counseling, and support groups.

Counties Served: Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester

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Rape Crisis Center: Offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, confidential counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, information and referrals, assistance with victims compensation, group and school education programs. and community presentations and outreach events.

Counties Served: Horry and Georgetown

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Pickens County Advocacy Center (formerly the Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County): Offers a 24-hour response service by trained advocates for sexual violence survivors, 24-hour anonymous hotline, and 24-hour hospital accompaniment.

County Served: Pickens

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SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition: Offers a 24-hour crisis line, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor assistance, emergency shelter (up to 60 days), hospital accompaniment and advocacy, police and court accompaniment, crisis counseling, individual and family therapy, case management, key resources and community support, Order of Protection petitions assistance, training and prevention education and more.  

Counties Served: Spartanburg and Cherokee

Contact Information

  • Hotline: 1-800-273-5066
  • Phone Number: 864-442-5500 and 
  • Address: Spartanburg County Office (3rd floor of the Spartanburg County Courthouse); Cherokee County Office (405 North Logan Street, Gaffney, SC); Union County Office (at Union County Carnegie Library – 300 E South St, Union, SC)
  • Email: shrcc@aol.com
  • Website: https://shrcc.org
Shelter

Housing Authority of City of Columbia (Columbia Housing) is the largest housing authority in South Carolina. Columbia Housing provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for nearly low-income households. For more information, visit https://www.columbiahousingsc.org/.


The Salvation Army of the Midlands serves people living in extreme poverty in the Midlands working daily with those who are homeless and offer several homeless prevention initiatives - from serving daily meals to providing Christmas toys to families in need. The Salvation Army reaches out to those in our community who need assistance. For more information, visit https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/columbia/.


Pathways to Healing (formerly known as Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands)advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence. For more information, visit https://pathwaystohealing.com/


Safe Passage provides supportive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union CountiesFor more information, visit https://safepassagesc.org/.


Children’s Trust of South Carolina (SC Parents website) – Find shelter and search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit this link and enter your zip code to find resources in your area: https://search.scparents.org/


US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Find shelter, food, health clinics and clothing near you by entering your zip code at this site: https://www.hud.gov/findshelter


S.C. Housing Authority – The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) is a self-sustaining agency committed to ensuring that South Carolinians have the opportunity to live in safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Suicide Prevention 

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - If you are in crisis or contemplating suicide, please call now!

SC Dept. of Mental Health - 1-833-364-2274 for SCDMH’s Community Crisis Response and Intervention (CCRI) mobile crisis line (available statewide & all day/everyday) – If you are in crisis, please call now!

Veterans National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1-800-273-8255, then Press 1

SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) - Do you think you may need help? You can participate in this safe, easy and free service that allows you to anonymously take a Self-Check Questionnaire and connect with a professional counselor who can offer guidance, support, and resources to help connect you with mental health and addiction services. They are ready to help if you are overwhelmed by COVID-19 challenges, feeling overly stressed or anxious, coping with a natural disaster, struggling with addiction, feeling depressed and don’t know where to turn. Visit https://hope.connectsyou.org/ to submit a questionnaire today. Learn more about DMH’s Office of Suicide Prevention here: http://osp.scdmh.org/

Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) with SC Dept. of Mental Health - OSP is working to making South Carolina a zero suicide state through training, awareness, and collaboration. For training for yourself or your organization email OSP@scdmh.org or call. Click the following link for additional information: http://osp.scdmh.org/.

SC Department of Mental Health: