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Advocates: DSS must do more to determine best care

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Some child advocates say South Carolina's social services agency needs to do more in-depth evaluation of what sort of home situation is best for each child in its care.

Rev. Randy Harling of the Connie Maxwell Children's Home in Greenwood told a special Senate committee investigating the Department of Social Services that that kind of work could ultimately mean the child spends less time in the system.

Monday's meeting was the committee's twelfth since January and its first since Gov. Nikki Haley's re-election earlier this month. Her opponents unsuccessfully tried to use the Cabinet agency's problems to question her leadership.

In October, DSS officials released a $6.4 million plan aiming to quickly hire more than 200 new employees to help with overflowing caseloads.

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