Lawsuit: South Carolina's child welfare agency is endangering children, failing in basic needs

...a federal lawsuit filed Monday.The suit faults a shortage of foster homes and excessive caseloads at the Department of Social Services.Two advocacy groups ? Children's Rights and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center ? and Columbia...

Budget panel chairman seeks more answers on DSS plan

COLUMBIA - The chairman of a House budget-writing panel said Thursday that he needs assurances the Department of Social Services' plan for better protecting abused and neglected children will actually get the job done.Rep. Murrell Smith...

Haley names new director of state's troubled Department of Social Services

...Justice as her choice to lead the troubled Department of Social Services.Haley's announcement of Susan Alford comes...that is more important than the mission of the Department of Social Services, and that's to protect children, the elderly...

Gov. Nikki Haley names new leader for South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday nominated her former deputy chief of staff to replace the outgoing director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency.

DHEC: SC infant mortality lowest in decades

...according to Sue Williams of the Children's Trust of South Carolina, comes in the form of working with the Department of Social Services and other agencies to get make sure families have safe places for their babies to sleep. Some other benefits...

DSS creating statewide hotline

...several recommendations Dr. Olga Rosa made to the bipartisan panel that's been investigating problems at the Department of Social Services since January.By law, reports must be made to either DSS or law enforcement, depending on whether the suspected...

Independent ends run for South Carolina governor endorses Vincent Sheheen

...two agreed on a number of issues. When Ervin jumped in the race, he immediately took aim at Haley and her Department of Social Services, saying testimony before a Senate panel about the beating death of a 4-year-old Richland County boy prompted...

Senator: Law on day care training needs penalties

...annual training required by "Kendra's Law," reports The Greenville News , according to its review of state Department of Social Services records.The law applies to the hundreds of unlicensed caretakers who are registered with the state to keep...

Senators: DSS must quickly hire caseworkers

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's Department of Social Services must immediately hire more caseworkers to stem a child welfare crisis and not wait until legislators pass a budget next year...

SC governor candidate's call for DSS session called unrealistic

...gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin has asked the Legislature to return to Columbia for a special session to take the Department of Social Services out from under Gov. Nikki Haley's control ? a request rejected Monday as unrealistic grandstanding 50 days...