Department of Social Services (DSS)
Calhoun County DSS
2831 Old Belleville Rd.
St. Matthews, SC 29135
(803) 874-1612 Director
(803) 874-3384 Staff
(803) 874-3384, ext. 105 Foster Home Licensing
(803) 515-1852 Adoptions
(843) 740-1570 Intensive Foster Care & Clinical Services
After Hours Reporting: (803) 874-2741 Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
DSS provides the following services:
Child Care Services
ABC Child Care Program- voucher program makes payments to providers to care for low income children so parents care work
Head Start- Comprehensive school readiness program for kids 0-5 years old to ensure they start school ready to learn.
Child Support Enforcement- helps to establish paternity and enforce court orders for child support
Disaster Response- mass shelter, feeding, first aid and family well being during disasters
Domestic Violence Assistance- to provide emergency shelter and battering intervention services
Family Independence (FI) – Family Independence is a time-limited program that assists families with dependent children when families cannot provide for their basic needs.
Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) – The Refugee Resettlement Program is established to help newly arriving population of refugees become self-sufficient in the shortest timeframe following their arrival in the United States.
Father Registry- gives a man who has fathered a child the right to be notified when an adoption or termination of paternal rights occurs.
Food Assistance Programs- Summer Food Service Program, Emergency Shelters Food Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition, Child and Adult Care Food Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, serves as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net, working to end hunger and improve the health of low-income people by helping families buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.
Protection Services- Adult Protective Services, Domestic Violence Support, Child Protective Services
Safe Haven for Abandoned Infants- if you are concerned about being able to care for your new born baby the state provides alternatives to abandoning your baby
Foster Care Services