Court of Appeals grants new trial on DSS sexual abuse case based on improperly limited cross-examinations

January 17, 2023

The January 4, 2023, Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Scott, 438 S.C. 400, 883 S.E.2d 229 (Ct. App. 2023), granted a new trial

Pitfalls in cooperating with DSS child abuse investigations

November 5, 2021

Parents routinely contact me when they are in the midst of a DSS investigation into their potential abuse or neglect of their child. Typically, they

The interactions of abuse and neglect placement plans with return of the child

July 29, 2020

Any time a family court finds a parent has abused or neglected his or her child, it will offer that parent a placement plan (sometimes

The Folly of Fighting Child Protective Services after a Merits Finding

July 2, 2020

Early in my career, when family court attorneys were still being court appointed to represent indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings, I developed a

Court of Appeals reverses family court’s finding of child abandonment

February 13, 2019

On February 13, 2019, the Court of Appeals reversed a family court’s finding that adoptive parents abandoned their teenage child in the case of SCDSS

South Carolina Supreme Court holds child abuse examiners are not to be used as expert witnesses

August 5, 2015

In a criminal appeal that has implications for family law attorneys who defend abuse and neglect proceedings, on August 5, 2015, in the case of

Court of Appeals requires DSS to offer mother more treatment

August 3, 2015

The August 3, 2015 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Briggs 413 S.C. 377, 776 S.E.2d 115 (Ct. App. 2015), reverses a family court determination

Court of Appeals highly critical of Charleston County’s Abuse and Neglect proceedings’ procedures

September 3, 2014

The September 3, 2014 Court of Appeals decision in SCDSS v.  Hogan, 410 S.C. 120, 763 S.E.2d 219 (Ct. App. 2014), is highly critical of the method