As recently as 2019, this state ranked 48th in the country in terms of kinship care placements. Before that, South Carolina ranked 49th.
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The South Carolina Department of Social Services has long paid foster families some of the lowest board rates in the nation to house, feed and raise children in state custody.
A recent federal lawsuit had an unusual verdict: In addition to the South Carolina Department of Social Services a young boy's caseworker and her supervisor were said to have done more to protect a foster boy, according to a jury.
On Jan. 23, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a waiver permitting federally funded South Carolina foster care agencies to dis…