New DSS director sets tall order for improvement

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's social services agency wants to speed up the time it takes to find safe, permanent homes for the thousands of abused and neglected children put in the state's care.

It's a goal the Department of Social Services has struggled to accomplish for years. But six months into office, director Lillian Koller is confident the agency can improve dramatically.

Koller has charged her agency with placing 50% more children now languishing in foster care into a "safe, loving home for life," either through adoption or reunification with their biological parents.

She wants to meet the goal by next June.

Koller dismisses all questions about budget cuts amid the recession. She is adamant the agency will get it done with the money and manpower it has.

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