Tag Archives: Domestic Violence

Does DSS Always Remove a Child When It Suspects Abuse?

child being taken away The South Carolina Department of Social Services ("DSS") does not always remove an abused or neglected child from his parents. South Carolina law clearly states that the goal is to protect the child from further abuse or neglect and to remedy any physical, emotional, or psychological harm the child may have suffered.  Maybe the threat can be removed, instead. South Carolina DSS is not a therapeutic agency, and has no qualified treatment professionals...
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Department of Social Services is Knocking on My Door!

Girl outsideWhat do you do when Child Protective Services comes knocking at your door? First of all, assess your position. Remain reasonable and calm, and know that anything you say or do may later be used to either help or harm you. Less talk and more listening may be best course of action until you have legal representation. You should know what has been alleged against you. South Carolina Code Section 62-7-20 delineates those requirements. “Child abuse or neglect" or "harm" occurs when the parent, guardian, or...
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What Does the Department of Social Services Do?

uncertaintyThe South Carolina Department of Social Services ("DSS") does not always remove an abused or neglected child from her parents. The goal is to protect the child from further abuse or neglect and to remedy any physical, emotional or psychological harm the child may have suffered.  Maybe the threat can be removed, instead. DSS is not a therapeutic agency, and has no qualified treatment professionals on its staff.  Instead, remedial and therapeutic services are provided through community resources.  DSS will make a...
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