About: Ellen Babb

Graves H. Wilson, Jr. worked as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Department of Social Services in Dorchester County, South Carolina from 2005 to 2011. He now represents clients involved in DSS cases--parents, grandparents, or other interested parties. He practices state-wide and accepts cases in all South Carolina counties.

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DSS Treatment Services After Case Investigation

children paint on hands Services from DSS after case investigation  When DSS completes its investigation into new allegations of child abuse, it can, in its discretion, elect to offer treatment services to the family without filing a court case and without a court order. Such services are voluntary. However, if the family rejects these voluntary services, DSS will most likely file a court case and ask the court for a formal finding by the preponderance of the evidence that the accused perpetrator did, in fact, abuse...
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DSS Safety Plan: The Ultimate Goal Must be Reunification

dss safety plan is reunificationMany times DSS asks a family to allow their children to go live with a family member while DSS completes its investigation into allegations of child abuse or neglect. This accomplished by way of a safety plan. The safety plan is to be signed by the parents, the protectors (grandparents) and DSS, and is valid for only 90 days. But the investigation must be completed within 45 days, unless this time period is extended. If the case is returned as founded,...
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Daniel’s Law (Part Two)

daniel's lawWhen life’s unfortunate circumstances so impact a mother that she must decide that she simply cannot raise her newborn infant, she may leave the infant in the care of a safe haven. A third party may simply be better able to provide for the health, education and welfare of the child. Daniel's Law (see Part One for an introduction) imposes certain affirmative duties on the safe haven. Because the focus of this...
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Daniel’s Law (Part One)

daniel's lawLife’s unfortunate circumstances may so impact a mother that she must decide that she simply cannot raise her newborn infant. Too numerous are the instances where a new born infant is found abandoned in a public restroom or deposited in a dumpster. A mother may prefer to make the decision to give her child up to a third party who can better provide for the health, education and welfare of the child. SC Code Section 63-7-40 (commonly referred to as Daniel’s Law, which I'll refer to...
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Intervening in a DSS case in South Carolina

child There are many reasons why third parties (e.g., grandparents, aunts and uncles or friends) may wish to intervene in a child abuse or neglect case.  The most common is so that they can have input into the case and be heard as to what they believe is in the best interests of the victim child.  Usually, they believe that the child’s best interests include their being awarded temporary or permanent custody of the child.  DSS may or may not agree. It is an uphill fight...
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