Due to the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the protection of the health and safety of South Carolinians, Center for Child and Family Studies staff members are working remotely. The best way to reach us is by email.

Adult Protective Services


The Center for Child and Family Studies assists DSS with enhancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Adult Protective Services (APS) staff.  In order to meet the varied needs of DSS staff for information, understanding, and skill building, the Center offers support through expert in-person and online training development and delivery.

The Center has recently designed and created a series of in-depth online multimedia training modules about the process of APS casework. These modules can be used by new workers beginning their career and also by seasoned workers who wish to sharpen their skills and get some new information about best practices.

Quality Assurance Instrument

The Center has also begun to collaborate with DSS staff to develop a South Carolina Adult Protective Services Quality Assurance Instrument. This instrument will allow DSS to more closely monitor the quality of the casework being done in the counties with vulnerable adults. The Center provides training to DSS staff on implementation of the QA process and use of the new instrument.

Community Collaboration Meetings (C2)

The Center also supports APS staff with Community Collaboration (C2) meetings that occur around the state, throughout the year. The purpose of the meetings is to bring about community-wide networking and collaboration between agencies, organizations, and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable adults. APS practice is centered around connecting clients with needed services and the C2 meetings are lively, intensive networking opportunities. Caseworkers and community providers meet, exchange contact information and participate in work groups to collectively solve the challenges all members of the community face in the practice.