Did one of these agencies handled your adoption?

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston, SC
1662 Ingram Road
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 402-9115 ext. 15
Fax: (843) 402-9071

Director of Catholic Charities: Deacon Edward Peitler, Ph.D
Coordinator: Jennifer Elkins

Believe that they are now doing Open Adoptions
They charge for background information which is usually between 1-3 pages cost is around $60.00 and another $40.00 to be in their registry

Children's Bureau - now closed

The Children's Bureau closed several years ago - and their records were turned over to the SC Dept of Social Services. If the adoption went thru the Children's Bureau and adoptee or birth parent can request the background info from SC Dept of Social Services.

South Carolina Department of Social Services
Debra Kent 
Cheryl Sherring
Cathy Fitz

Adoption Reunion Registry
PO Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
(803) 734-6095
(800) 922-2504

We have several articles on the children's bureau but if you haven't see their agreement

DSS - Department of Social Services - State Government
Important thing to remember is that DSS only has records of the adoptions that went thru the state. If your adoption was a private or agency adoption, then DSS will not have your records. Currently they are about 9-10 months behind on getting non id out to adoptees and there is a charge for the non-id. Also the state does have a registry for those that went thru DSS (which includes the Children's Bureau) There is charge to be placed on the registry there. Under SC law if they make a match thru the registry there is a required 4 hr of counseling before information can be released (believe that expense is on the individual and not covered by any state funds.
South Carolina Department of Social Services
S C Dept of Social Services

Adoption Reunion Registry (maintained by the state and only for state adoptions)
PO Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
(803) 734-6095
(800) 922-2504
Love Life Ministries -closed
This agency was closed.

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Mayfield Children's Home / Kershaw Children's Home - Closed
Mayfield Children's Home/ Kershaw Children's Home ........The Mayfield Children's Home, later known as The Kershaw County Children's Home, existed in Camden, South Carolina from the 1930s to the 1980s. Many adoptions occurred at the Home and the known surviving records from 1930s through the 1950s are housed at the Camden Archives and Museum. They have a listed the records on file of the adoptive parents. Many of the adoption records are sketchy and incomplete. The files are considered sensitive information. Anyone interested in a record should write the Camden Archives and Museum at 1314 Broad Street, Camden, South Carolina 29020 or call 803-425-6050.
Maternity Shelter - Greenville, SC - Now Closed
Maternity Shelter was in Greenville The shelter was open from the 1930's to the 1960's They did arrange adoptions. Also check out their newsgroup

Dorothy Peace

Greenville Obit  

Dorothy Pedrick Peace, widow of Bony Hampton Peace Jr., died Monday, Feb.. 16, 2004, at her home, 39 Sirrine Drive. She was 94.

Born in Pedricktown, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Hamilton G. and Elizabeth Perry Pedrick.

Mrs. Peace was a graduate of Beaver College in Jenkintown, Pa., where she majored in Elementary Education. She later received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Furman University.

Mrs. Peace had been a member of First Baptist Church, Greenville since 1930, was a member of the Hoyt Lake Sunday School Class, and former chairman of the Lady's Prayer Group. She had been active with the church's Cradle Roll and WMU.

Mrs. Peace had been active in many civic groups, including the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, where she was an honorary life member, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Greenville Symphony Association, the Sarah Simpson Gossett Home, which she served as president, the Maternity Shelter and Children's Center. She was a benefactor of St. Francis Hospital, the History Museum of Up State South Carolina, the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities, the Baptist Seminary at Richmond, and others.

She was a member of the Mayflower Society in the state of New Jersey and volunteered in the Phyllis Wheatly Library in Greenville for many years.

Among her many other civic activities, she funded the Dorothy and B.H. Peace Professorship in Religion at Furman University.

Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Edward H.) Stall, of Greenville, Mrs. Judith Harte, and her husband, N. Norfleet Harte, of Pinehurst, N.C., and Estelle McClary, and her husband, Salters S. McClary, of Georgetown; a son, Bony Hampton Peace III, and his wife, Dianne, of Georgetown; and a brother, John Paul Pedrick, of Pedricktown, N.J. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren, Pedrick Stall Lowrey, Edward Holmes Stall Jr., Russell Hampton Stall, Chandler Cobb, Dorothy Miller, Judith Fournier, Nelson Harte III, Elizabeth Stokes, Salters McClary, Stella Barefoot, Bony H. Peace IV, Perry C. Peace and James A. Peace; and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Peace was predeceased by two brothers, Allison Pedrick and Hamilton Pedrick, of Pedricktown; a sister, Betty Tull; and a great-granddaughter, Walker Peace.

Private graveside services will be in Springwood Cemetery, prior to a memorial celebration Wednesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

Services will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Greenville.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St., Greenville, 29601.

The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.

Published in The Greenville News: 02-17-2004
Tender Loving Care - PTL Now Closed
Remember Jim and Tammy Baker - They had in their ministries Tender Loving Care. Please contact us for more information TLC NewsGroup
Agencies that have operated in S C - from Reg Niles Book
City/County Agency


County Agency - Aiken, S.C.
Salvation Army Home 
Anderson (Anderson Co) County Agency - Anderson, S.C.
Batesburg (Lexington and Baluda Counties) Saint Euphrasia School for Girls
Beaufort County Agency - Beaufort County Dept of Public Welfare
Belton (Anderson County Boys Home of the South
Camden (Kershaw County) Children's Home
Cayce (Lexington County) Wilkinson Home for Girls
Charleston (Charleston County) Associated Charities
Catholic Charities
Charleston Home for Dependent Children
Charleston Orphan House
City Orphan Home
County Agency - Charleston, S.C.
Florence Crittenton Home
Hebrew Orphan Society
Jenkins Orphanage
Juvenile Welfare
Oak Grove  (North Charleston)
Clinton (Laurens County) Tornwell Orphanage
Columbia (Richland County) Carlisle Courtenay
Carolina Children's Home 
Catholic Social Services of Columbia
Child Placing Bureau
Children's Bureau of S. C.
County Agency - Columbia, S.C.
Door of Hope
Epworth Children's Home
Family Services Center
S.C. Children's Bureau
S.C. Children's Home Society
South Carolina Industrial School for girls
State of South Carolina
State School for Girls
Williamson Orphanage
Conway (Horry County) County Agency
Darlington (Darlington County) County Agency
Florence County Agency
Florence Altrusa Foster Home
S.C. Industrial School for Boys
Greenville (Greenville County) Booth Memorial Hospital
Boys' Home of the South, Inc
Bruner Home
County Agency
Family and Children's Service
Juvenile Protection Association
Maternity Shelter
Odd Fellows' Orphan Home
Piedmont Women's Center
Salvation Army
Travelers Aid Society 
Wheatley Association
Greenwood (Greenwood County) Connie Maxwell Children's Home
Lexington (Lexington County) County Agency
McCormick John De La Howe Industrial School
Moncks Corner (Berkeley County) County Agency
Newberry (Newberry County) Industrial School for White Boys
North Charleston (Charles Co) Charleston Orphan House
Oak Grove
Orangeburg (Orangeburg County) County Agency
Orangeburg Attention Home
Pickens (Pickens County) County Agency
Rock City (Chester County)  Tender Loving Care Adoption Agency - PTL
Spartanburg (Spartanburg County) County Agency
Family Counseling and Service Center
Southern Home Institute
Spartanburg County Orphanage
Sumter (Sumter County) County Agency
John K Crosswell Home
Sumter Children's Home
Tamassee (Oconee County) Tamassee D.A.R. School
Turbeville (Clarendon County) Free Will Baptist Home
Willington (McCormick County) John De La Howe industrial School 
York  (York County) County Agency
Episcopal Church Home