South Carolina State Information

Below is a list of helpful information for your adoption journey in South Carolina.

Child Abuse/ Neglect Central Registry Check (803) 898-7318

Child Protective/Preventive Services

State Police Check South Carolina Law Enforcement
Secretary of State The fee for an apostille or authentication is $2.00 per document. They will accept check, money order or cash  payable to: Mark Hammond Secretary of State.

All mailed documents will processed within one to two business days

South Carolina Secretary of State Notary Division
P. O. Box 11350
Columbia, SC 29211

if mailed through the U.S. Postal System
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia SC 29201

if mailed via carrier i.e. UPS,
Airborne, FedEx, DHL etc.


Vital Records and Health Services

Walk-in: Average processing time is 30-45 minutes

A completed application form

A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee; $3 for each additional copy Photo ID

State office – Processes long-form birth certificates (required for travel), birth cards, death certificates, marriage certificates and divorce reports 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201 County offices – Process birth cards and death certificates, and applications for corrections Additional information:

Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Report of Divorce

Mail: Average processing time is 2-4 weeks (standard), 3-5 business days (expedited)


A completed application form

A $12 non-refundable standard searching fee; $17 for expedited service Photo ID Mailing address:

2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201

USCIS Office 1 Poston Road Suite 130, Parkshore Center Charleston, SC 29407

Fingerprint offices:

Charleston, South Carolina:
USCIS Application Support Center
1 Poston Road, Suite 130
Parkshore Center Charleston, SC 29407

Charlotte, North Carolina:
USCIS Application Support Center
4801 Chastain Avenue Building #10, Suite #175
Charlotte, NC 28217-2231

*These above offices serve all of the state of South Carolina

Home Study providers
Adoption Advocacy
1712 Waterway Court
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29301
Phone: (864) 590-8851Adoption Center of South Carolina
PO Box 5961
Columbia, South Carolina 29250
Phone: (803) 771-2272

All Kids are Special
905 Hayne Avenue
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Phone: (803) 641-4614

Carolina Hope Christian Adoption, Inc.
819 E. North Street, Suite 234
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
Phone: (864) 268-0570

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charleston
1662 Ingram Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
Phone: (843) 402-9115

Center for Children and Family Services
Columbia, SC
(803) 777-9708

Children Unlimited
1825 Gadsden Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 799-8311

Christian Family Services, Inc.
2166-A Gold Hill Road Fort Mill
South Carolina 29708-93
Phone: (803) 548-6030

Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
1424 Nunamaker Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-561-9015

Lutheran Family Services
PO Box 27
Lexington, SC 29071

Special Link
1201 Haywood Road
Greenville, South Carolina 29615
Phone: (864) 233-4872

Medical Clinics International Adoption Clinic
135 Rutledge Ave
PO Box 250561
Charleston, SC 29425
Tel: 843-876-8512
Fax: 843-876-8709
Adoption support groups Lindsey Vaughn
ACES- Adoption Coalition for Education and Support
Childhood Centers and Programs SC Early Intervention Services is called BabyNet.CareLine: 1-800-868-0404

Mailing Address:
1751 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 898-0784
Fax: (803) 898-0613