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...

5 children were killed at home, sheriff says

...and the family took a summer trip to Disney World and the beach, according to documents released by the Department of Social Services on Thurs day. Authorities never found anything serious enough to take the children away, but the documents...

Nontraditional independent republican candidate Tom Ervin looks to shake up South Carolina's gubernatorial race

...himself as an "independent Republican." And when he jumped in, 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...

Child abandoned, food stamp fraud in SC

...on methamphetamine charges.The sheriff said investigators discovered Vosburg was receiving help from the Department of Social Services food stamp program for two children. Investigators determined one of the children was being cared for by a...

Aiken County runaway, 14, sought

...girl with hazel eyes and brown hair, 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 130 pounds.Edgerley ran away while in Department of Social Services custody on May 20, according to Lt. Jake Mahoney.Investigators think that Edgerley is moving from residence...

Stranger helps raise $40,000 for North Augusta mother who left child in park while she was at work

...Augusta's Summerfield Park.Harrell, 47, was released on a $5,000 bond the day after her arrest, and the Department of Social Services returned Regina to her mother about 15 days later.Harrell, who was home Friday with Regina, said the generosity...

Department of Social Services requests 200 more workers to reach caseload goals

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A deputy director at the Department of Social Services says the agency needs 200 more employees to reach goals for worker caseloads.Jessica Hanak-Coulter said Wednesday that 202...

South Carolina agency accused of keeping abusive brother with sister

...officials knew for years that one was sexually abusing the other, according to a lawsuit filed against the state Department of Social Services and others.That allegation is part of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the girl, now 19, against the...

North Augusta woman charged with abandoning daughter

...Wal-Mart. Officers took the child to the department's headquarters and located her mother. The South Carolina Department of Social Services took custody of the child.