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Economic ServicesEconomic Services

The Center for Child and Family Studies works to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of DSS Economic Service workers. In order to meet the varied needs of DSS staff for information, understanding and skill building, the Center offers training development and delivery which includes online training strategies and support for statewide meetings and conferences.

The Center’s Economic Services training team has trained hundreds of caseworkers on the recently adopted Specialized Workflow which moves counties to functional areas of operation in determining eligibility for benefits. The training team also trains DSS staff on effective case management.

Economic Services programs make a huge impact on South Carolina. More than $2 billion a year flows into the state from these programs.

Approximately 1 in 6 people in South Carolina receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps. In addition, more than 34,000 people are served through the Family Independence Program. Center for Child and Family Studies trainers have in-depth knowledge and sharp expertise in the federal laws, rules, and procedures governing these benefits and are able to add value to the training they deliver.


The Center also supports DSS Economic Services with conference and meeting support such as:

  • The Benefit Integrity Conference
  • Job Developers Conference
  • Administrative Conference
  • Supervisor Summits
  • Case Management Conference
  • FAIC
  • Processors