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South Carolina Adoption

Adoption in South Carolina

If you live in South Carolina and are pregnant and considering adoption, please visit our For Birthmothers page for more information on how the adoption process works.  

Looking for the right Adoptive Family for you?  Visit our View Waiting Families page to read profiles for adoptive families hoping to adopt a child.

Below is some brief information about adoption laws in South Carolina.  If you are an adoptive family and are just starting your adoption journey, visit our Adoptive Family Page to learn more about how adoption works.   Below is a list of South Carolina Home Study Providers if you are an adoptive family looking to take the first steps in your adoption journey.  

We appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by and certainly look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

South Carolina Adoption Law

When it comes to laws that govern South Carolina adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Below is a quick summary to some of the most common South Carolina adoption laws.  NOTE: Under no circumstances should this information be relied upon as complete legal advice or applicable to your specific adoption.  It is intended only to be a reference and not definitive.

Consent to Adopt

The birthmother and birthfather can sign consent anytime after the birth. Signing of consent must witnessed by the Court, an Attorney, and a Social Worker. Consent is irrevocable at signing without a court hearing. The state does not have a birthfather registry.

Birthmother Living Expenses

Birthmother living expenses are allowed to be paid with no specified maximum.

Adoption Finalization

South Carolina Home Study Providers

In South Carolina, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process.  Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child.  A home study may be performed by the South Carolina Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, or an individual or agency licensed by the department to perform investigations

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.

A Chosen Child Adoption Services

A Chosen Child Adoption Services
Summerville, SC

Joe Haynes

Adoption Advocacy
Greenville, SC
864 908-4157

Ann McGill

Campobello, SC
864 468-4840

Hollie Bennett

Rock Hill, SC
803 980-5810

Teresa Smith

South Carolina Adoption Home Studies
Charleston, SC
843 766-7057