Dorchester County DSS Contact Info
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216 Orangeburg Rd
Summerville, SC - 29483
- Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Frequently Asked Questions
Information on Services
The mission is to serve South Carolina by promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, helping individuals achieve stability and strengthening families.
DSS provides protective services for children and vulnerable adults, adoption, and foster care services.
It administers federal Title IV-B Child Welfare Services and Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance program.
The Department is the administrator of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.
The Department also establishes standards for and licenses child care providers and residential group homes for children.
Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides employment and training for people receiving cash assistance.
The Department administers food assistance programs in every county in South Carolina.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal benefit to assist low income people in the purchase of food.
Also, a commodities program distributes supplemental food through a network of food banks.
Other food programs provide financial assistance for child and adult care providers, homeless shelters and summer feeding sites for children.
The Department also administers the child support enforcement program under federal Title IV-D and other child support services, including fatherhood initiatives.