Exciting Career and Job Opportunities through SCDSS
If you are looking for a job or just started a new job, the SCDSS Chafee Program offers resources and services to help you. Maybe you’ve just started exploring career choices. If so, there are resources out there to help you as well. Click here to see the Chafee services booklet for more information on the free help that is available as you go out into the working world. Be sure contact your case manager to check your eligibility for these services.
Of course, transportation to work is always helpful! The Chafee Program provides the following transportation services:
- $10/day for transportation for a maximum of $50/per week for 3 months (this is a one-time assistance)
- Up to $150 for a bicycle (and $75 for a helmet and lock), requires successful transition goals related to employment
- Driver’s Education Course (for youth 16 and older)
- State IDs, beginner’s permit, and driver’s license fees
- $1,750 per year for repairs and/or maintenance to a vehicle you own and is needed for education and/or employment. The car title must be in your name.
- Insurance assistance for a vehicle you own and need for transportation to work.
Other Employment Services
- Certification courses for trades such as electronics, plumbing, first aid, lifeguard, etc.
- Childcare for one month with a maximum of $400, if you are not receiving ABC vouchers
- Job skills training classes that directly relate to your transition goals
- Vocational equipment
- Birth certificate if needed for a job (for ages 15 up)
- License/Certification fees
- Interview clothing with a maximum of $100 for ages 15-17 and a maximum of $200 for ages 18-21
- Uniforms and footwear – $100 per year (proof of employment required)
- Professional attire for work or school for youth ages 18-21 (who are not receiving foster care services) – $400 per year (proof of enrollment/employment required)
For other job search resources and programs, visit or call:
- On the Road Again – A program of the SC Foster Parents Association (SCPFA) that provides donated cars to youth with foster care experience who are 18 to 20 years old and employed. Call Brian at the SCFPA at (803) 665-9225 for more information.
- SC Works – www.jobs.scworks.org
- United Way’s 211 Service – www.sc211.org/index.php/employment
- The Urban League
Don’t wait to start taking advantage of these career and employment supports and services!