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Adoption Agencies in South Carolina

If you are a pregnant woman or birth mother please click here to see information that is geared to your needs.

If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in North Carolina (some of what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in North Carolina.  We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process, and finally we provide a list of licensed North Carolina adoption agencies through which you can browse for additional information.

South Carolina Child Adoption Laws

Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in North Carolina may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child.  By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of North Carolina child adoption law including such topics as advertising, use of adoption facilitators, adoption expenses, and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).

Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements
Use of Advertisement
Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-10-101(b)-(b1)

No one other than a county department of social services, an adoption facilitator, or a licensed agency may advertise in any periodical or newspaper, or by radio, television, or other public medium, that any person or entity will place or accept a child for adoption.
This article shall not prohibit a person from advertising that the person desires to adopt. This section shall apply only to a person with a current completed preplacement assessment that finds the person suitable to be an adoptive parent.

The advertisement may be published only in a periodical or newspaper or on radio, television, cable television, or the Internet. The advertisement shall include a statement that:

Indicates that the person has a completed preplacement assessment
Identifies the name of the agency that completed the preplacement assessment
Identifies the date the preplacement assessment was completed
States whether the person is willing to provide lawful expenses

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators
Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-1-101(3a); 48-3-201; 48-3-202; 48-10-101

No one other than a parent, guardian, or agency may place a minor for adoption. No one other than a parent, guardian, agency, or an adoption facilitator may solicit potential adoptive parents for children in need of adoption. No one other than an agency or an adoption facilitator, or an individual with a completed preplacement assessment that contains a finding that the individual is suitable to be an adoptive parent or that individual's immediate family, may solicit for adoption a potential adoptee.

An ''adoption facilitator'' is an individual or a nonprofit entity that assists birth parents in locating and evaluating prospective adoptive parents without charge.

In a direct placement, a parent or guardian must personally select a prospective adoptive parent, but a parent or guardian may obtain assistance from another person or entity, or an adoption facilitator, in locating or evaluating a prospective adoptive parent.

State Regulation of Adoption Expenses
Birth Parent Expenses Allowed
Citation: § 48-10-103(a)

Medical, hospital, pharmaceutical, nursing, and travel expenses connected to the pregnancy and birth
Counseling services for the parent or adopted person
Ordinary living expenses
Legal and court costs

Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed
Citation: § 48-10-103(a)(4)

Living expenses may not be paid beyond 6 weeks after the birth of the child.

Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption
Citation: § 48-10-102

Except for the expenses authorized by § 48-10-103, a person or entity may not give or receive compensation for:
Placing a child
Arranging consent
Otherwise assisting in locating a child or adoptive family

Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child
Citation: § 48-10-103(c), (d)

A payment may not be contingent on consent to the adoption or placement or relinquishment of the child, nor can payments that have been made be recovered.
Expenses may be recovered if they were accepted with fraudulent intent.

Accounting of Expenses Required by Court
Citation: § 48-2-602

At least 10 days before the hearing, the petitioner shall file with the court an affidavit accounting for any payments or disbursements made or agreed to be made in connection with the adoption.

Consent to Adoption
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-3-601; 48-3-602

Consent to an adoption in a direct placement must be executed by:
The mother of the minor
Any man who may or may not be the biological father of the minor but who:
Is or was married to the mother
Attempted to marry the mother of the minor before the minor's birth
Has legitimated the minor under the law of any State
Has acknowledged his paternity of the minor
Has received the minor into his home and openly held out the minor as his biological child
Is the adoptive father of the minor
A guardian of the minor
The guardian ad litem of an incompetent parent
In an agency placement, consent must be provided by:

The agency that placed the minor for adoption
Each individual described above who has not relinquished the minor

Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-3-601; 48-3-603

Consent to an adoption must be executed by the minor to be adopted if he or she is age 12 or older unless the court finds that it is not in the best interest of the minor to require the consent.

When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-3-603

Consent to an adoption of a minor is not required of:
An individual whose parental rights and duties have been terminated
A man, other than an adoptive father, if the man has been judicially determined not to be the father of the minor to be adopted, or another man has been judicially determined to be the father of the minor
An individual who has relinquished parental rights or guardianship powers, including the right to consent to adoption
A man who is not married to the minor's birth mother and who, after the conception of the minor, has executed a notarized statement denying paternity or disclaiming any interest in the minor
A deceased parent or the personal representative of a deceased parent's estate
An individual listed in § 48-3-601 who has not executed a consent or a relinquishment and who fails to respond to a notice of the adoption proceeding within 30 days after the service of the notice
An individual who does not respond to notice in a timely manner or whose consent is not required as determined by the court
An individual whose actions resulted in a conviction under § 14-27.2 or § 14-27.3 and the conception of the minor to be adopted
The court may issue an order dispensing with the consent of a guardian or an agency that placed the minor upon a finding that the consent is being withheld contrary to the best interest of the minor.

When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-3-604

A man whose consent is required under § 48-3-601 may execute a consent to adoption either before or after the child is born.

The mother of a minor child may execute a consent to adoption at any time after the child is born but not sooner.

A guardian of a minor to be adopted may execute a consent to adoption at any time.

An agency licensed by the Department or a county department of social services in this State that places a minor for adoption shall execute its consent no later than 30 days after being served with notice of the proceeding for adoption.

A minor to be adopted who is age 12 or older may execute a consent at any time.

Revocation of Consent
Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-3-607; 48-3- 608; 48-3-609

A consent is final and irrevocable except under a circumstance set forth below.
A consent to the adoption of any infant who is in utero or any minor may be revoked within 7 days following the day on which it is executed. The individual who gave the consent may revoke by giving written notice to the person specified in the consent.

In a direct placement, if a preplacement assessment is required, and if placement occurs before the preplacement assessment is given to the parent or guardian who is placing the minor, then that individual's time to revoke any consent previously given shall be either 5 business days after the date the individual receives the preplacement assessment or the remainder of the 7 days, whichever is longer.

If a person revokes a consent, the prospective adoptive parent shall, immediately upon request, return the minor to that person.

If a person revokes consent, the adoption cannot proceed until another consent is obtained or the person's parental rights are terminated. A second consent to adoption by the same adoptive parents is irrevocable.

A consent shall be void if:

Before the entry of the adoption decree, the individual who executed the consent establishes by clear and convincing evidence that it was obtained by fraud or duress.
The prospective adoptive parent and the individual who executed the consent mutually agree in writing to set it aside.
The petition to adopt is voluntarily dismissed with prejudice.
The court dismisses the petition to adopt and no appeal has been taken, or the dismissal has been affirmed on appeal and all appeals have been exhausted.

Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers
Registry/Paternity Requirements to Receive Notice
Citation: §§ 48-2-206(a), (c); 48-2-401

The putative father:
Must file within 15 days of receiving notice of the mother's intent to place the child for adoption
Is not entitled to further notice of adoption proceedings if he fails to respond
Must file a response to an adoption petition within 30 days after service of notice

Please visit adoption law in South Carolina for more details.

Are Children Available for Adoption in South Carolina

Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies.  For example, in 2004, North Carolina had 3,101 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 106 were under the age of 1 year, and 951 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through North Carolina public child welfare agencies was only 1,198, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all North Carolina adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).

Remember that while you may be a resident of North Carolina, you are not limited to adopting a child from North Carolina.  You can adopt a child born in North Carolina, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child.  What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in North Carolina, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.

Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in South Carolina

Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below).  By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.

Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.

I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.

I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.

I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.

I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.

Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.

Dr. Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services

Adoption Agencies

A Chosen Child Adoption Services (ACCAS)
975 Bacons Bridge Road
Suite 148
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone: (843) 851-4004

Bethany Christian Services
Several locations in SC
Toll-Free: (800) 922-0682

Carolina Adoption Services (CAS)
1427 Gregg Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 931-3771
Toll-Free: (866) 412-3678

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charleston
1662 Ingram Road
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 402-9115

Child of the Heart
1156 Bowman Road
Suite 200
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 881-2973

Children Unlimited, Inc.
1825 Gadsden Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Local Phone: (803)-799-8311

Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas (LFS)
The Cauble Center
1440 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 750-9917
Toll-Free: (800) HELPING

Nightlight Christian Adoptions
1527 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC 29609
Phone: (864) 268-0570
(864) 275-1682 (birth mother 24/7 line text or call)

Southeastern Children's Home, Inc.
115 Children's Way
PO Box 339
Duncan, SC 29334
Phone: (864) 439-0259

Special Link
1201 Haywood Road
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: (864) 233-4872

South Carolina Department of Social Services
Several Offices
Toll-Free: (888) 711-7095

Worldwide Adoption Services, Inc.
101 Builders Court
Spartanburg, SC 29316
Phone: (864) 814-133

Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States

If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.

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Georgia Maryland New Jersey South Carolina Wyoming

Adoption Consultant Resource

Why You Need an Adoption Consultant

There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of  adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney.  He can help you save your  time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.

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