Tag Archives: South Carolina Department Of Social Services

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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When Does the Department of Social Services Act?

child leaning on postIf the South Carolina Department of Social Services investigates a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, it may determine that the alleged abuser is not a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's welfare. Recent reports in the Charleston Post and Courier illustrate this point.  An 18-year-old babysitter was charged criminally with homicide by child abuse in the death of a two-year-old in North Charleston, South Carolina, after a...
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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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