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Where to Get Help in South Carolina

Family-Friendly Educational and Recreational Activities

SCIWAY, South Carolina’s Information Highway

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Moms Like Me columbia.momslikeme.com & upstatesc.momslikeme.com

Meet South Carolina moms like you in either the Midlands or the Upstate. Get advice, share stories, upload photos and connect in groups on your local momslikeme.com portal.


Know It All

Knowitall.org is ETV's educational Web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites for K-12 students, teachers and parents.


South Carolina Prevention Resources

A Child’s Haven (864) 298-0025

Provides intervention and prevention services for families and children ages 2 to 5 years who are victims of abuse and/or neglect, experiencing developmental delays, or behavioral problems. Services include: classroom instruction, home visitation, and parenting classes for those who desire a way out from the Juvenile Justice and/or Criminal Justice systems.


Anderson Interfaith Ministries (864) 266-2273

Provides assistance to low-income families and individuals, while encouraging and guiding them to function independently within their resources. Services include: child care programs, parent education and support programs, emergency assistance, food pantry, Christmas and Back to School programs, and minor home repairs.


Child Abuse Prevention Association (843) 524-4350

Mission is to prevent child abuse by providing integrated education, shelter and counseling services to schools, families and individuals within the community. Conducts outreach throughout Beaufort County by providing services such as public awareness about the child abuse cycle, school based educational programs for children, information and referrals, and a shelter for abused children.


Children in Crisis in Dorchester County (Dorchester Children’s Center) (843) 875-1551

Provides prevention, foster care development, forensic, treatment, and case management programs for children in need.


Children’s Place, Inc. (803) 641-4144

First therapeutic child care program in South Carolina. Provides services, treatment, and child care to children and families who experience difficult beginnings.


The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Inc. (843) 723-3600

Mission is to reduce the incidence of child abuse and its impact on the child, family and community by providing a forum for concerned agencies and individuals to identify needs and respond through the development, coordination, and delivery of quality services.


Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc. (803) 252-0914

Family Connection is a support network for families who have children with special needs. Provides parent-to-parent connections, linking families to community resources, and sponsoring a number of educational and support programs.


Florence Crittenton Programs of SC (843) 722-7526

Mission is to provide and promote those comprehensive medical, educational and support services that will most effectively insure the well-being and self-sufficiency of single parents and their children in South Carolina.


Foothills Alliance (864) 231-7273

Provides a variety of prevention services throughout areas of Anderson County that include distribution of prevention materials at school, church, and community health fairs and prevention presentations and trainings.


Greenville Rape Crisis and Child Abuse Center (864) 331-0560

Works to stop child abuse and addresses the impact of this crime through prevention, investigation, collaboration, treatment and advocacy.


Greenwood Community Children’s Center (864) 941-8105

Family support facility housed in the pediatric practice of Carolina Health Care, Inc. Provides services such as home visitation for families with young children, parent-to-parent support groups, family literacy, and parenting workshops and classes through collaboration with community partners.


Heritage Community Services- Healthy Marriage Initiatives (843) 863-0508

Mission is to strengthen the character of America’s adolescents and our communities one individual, one family, and one institution at a time. The Heritage MethodSM is a systemic approach designed to saturate whole communities with effective resources to help young people develop good character, abstain from risky behaviors, and prepare for marriage and family life. This method, which is a character-based systemic approach to risk avoidance, has been developed on a foundation of sound theory and methodology.


Lighthouse Ministries (843) 629-0830

Lighthouse Ministries is a cooperative effort of the Florence Christian congregations to assist individuals and families in emergency situations.


Parenting Partners (803) 744-4600

Mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families through intervention, education, and advocacy. Offers parenting classes through community centers, churches, and other organizations in response to a growing awareness that all parents are looking for ways to improve the parenting skills needed to provide a loving, nurturing and protective home for their children.


Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault  (843) 669-4694

Prevent Child Abuse Pee Dee is a program of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault serving Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, and Williamsburg Counties. PCAPD is a comprehensive child abuse prevention program which includes school-based programs for children; training for teachers, leaders, and parents; direct services to at-risk parents; and a wide-spread public information and visibility endeavor designed to reach the entire community. PCAPD serves as the Pee Dee Chapter of Parents Anonymous South Carolina.


Spartanburg Family Care Council  (864) 591-2273

Mission is to strengthen families through education, intervention and prevention. Provides quality education and prevention programs to all families in Spartanburg in order to contribute to a positive family environment and to reduce adolescent pregnancies and child abuse incidences. Is the lead agency in child abuse prevention month activities but collaborates with several others in activities and public awareness.


South Carolina State Agency Resources

Office of the Governor Continuum of Care (803) 734-4500  

The Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children was created in order to develop and enhance the delivery of services to emotionally disturbed children and to ensure that their special needs are met within this state to the extent possible. The basic philosophy is that children should be served in their families’ homes whenever possible. If placed therapeutically, they should be returned home as soon as possible.


The Continuum provides intensive case management to assist the child, family, and other agency providers in developing an individualized plan of service for those children who have been selected. Assistance may also be provided on a limited basis to those children who have been referred to the Continuum, but have not been selected as a client yet. This assistance may include such activities as gathering background information needed to assess a child’s degree of need for services and consulting with schools and agencies in planning and developing services for the child. It is expected that parents/legal guardians and other service providers will take an active role in the planning and providing of services.


Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS); 1-800-942-DIAL (3425)

DAODAS is the administrator of all state funds for Medicaid treatment services. A variety of services are offered in the treatment program.


Department of Disabilities and Special Needs; 1-888-DSN-INFO (376-4636)

The SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, as defined in the South Carolina Code of Law, serves persons with mental retardation, autism, head and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. The agency’s mission is to assist people with disabilities in meeting their needs, pursuing their individual possibilities and achieving their goals, and to minimize the occurrence and reduce the severity of disabilities through prevention.


Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

Services vary from county to county and may be received from satellite offices. Most baby services are found in all locations, including child health clinics, family planning, family support services, home visits, maternal health services, WIC, and others.


Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Local centers provide alcohol and drug abuse services, community support programs, consultation, day treatment, emergency screenings, case management, outpatient services, and more.


Department of Social Security; 1-800-772-1213

This department helps people access their social security and Medicare benefits. The department also issues important documents connected to these benefits.


Department of Social Services (DSS); 1-800-768-5558

Services include adoption, child support assistance, foster care, SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program), transportation assistance, day care assistance, and more.


One of the options or choices that is available to you and the baby’s father is to place your child up for adoption. Adoption is the legal process by which permanent custody of a child is transferred from birth parents to adoptive parents. The Division of Adoption Services at DSS or other licensed adoption agencies can help you. For more information, call the DSS state office at 898-7561 or 1-800-922-2504. At licensed adoption agencies, you will receive helpful, supportive services. You will be counseled about what is best for you, your baby and your family. You may have a part in the adoptive parent/family selection process. The final decision about adoption is yours to make, and the information you share with an agency is confidential. At the DSS Division of Adoption Services, counseling services are free and may include the baby’s father. You may receive help with hospital expenses and maternity home fees. Your questions will be answered.



The CARE LINE is a toll-free statewide helpline. The CARE LINE provides information about health care for pregnant women, infants, and children. The CARE LINE also links callers to resources that are available in the community. If you or someone you know needs help finding a doctor, getting transportation to a doctor or health department, or finding services for children, the CARE LINE is here to help. We also have resources for families with children with special health care needs.


Child Support in South Carolina, (803) 898-9210 or 1-800-768-5858

The South Carolina Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) provides services to obtain child support money. These services include finding the parent who is not supporting the child, establishing and enforcing child support orders and establishing the identity of the father. Problems about property, custody and visitation cannot be handled by the CSED.


Employment Security Commission

This agency helps find jobs for people and provides unemployment benefits to those people who have lost their jobs. They also offer job training programs.


South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department

South Carolinians who have a physical or mental impairment that interferes with their ability to work may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. Applicants must be able to benefit from Vocational Rehabilitation services that would lead to permanent employment. Job training and support programs are offered.


Selected National Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

AAP is committed to attaining optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The section on child abuse and neglect provides an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention.


Safe Kids USA

Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages one to 14. More than 600 coalitions and chapters in all 50 states bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room. Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations with a mission of preventing unintentional childhood injury.


Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America)

PCA America provides leadership to promote and implement national and local prevention efforts.


Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals, as well as concerned citizens to essential information.


Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

CWLA is an association of over 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.



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