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Family Resources in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

JB Charleston Family Resources in Charleston Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:

State of South Carolina

Charleston County

Berkeley County

Dorchester County

City of Charleston

City of Goose Creek

City of North Charleston

Town of Moncks Corner

Town of Mount Pleasant

Town of Summerville


Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care

Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults and seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.

Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.

The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.

Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.

Child Care Aware

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

South Carolina Department of Social Services

1535 Confederate Ave.
Columbia, SC 29201

The South Carolina Department of Social Services provides protective services for children and vulnerable adults, adoption and foster care services. It has offices in each county and regional locations to handle cases of abuse and neglect, adoptions, clinical services, child support enforcement, disaster response and more. Additional assistance programs include food and nutrition aid, childcare vouchers and work programs. Visit the website for additional information and for emergency hotline numbers for reporting abuse; Medicaid assistance; the Women, Infants & Children program (WIC); and more.

Charleston County DSS

3366 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405

Berkeley County DSS

2 Belt Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Dorchester County DSS

216 Orangeburg Road
Summerville, SC 29483


JB Charleston Family Resources Pets

Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.

  • Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
  • Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
  • Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
  • Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.

Your pet may face many outside dangers in South Carolina, such as alligators, armadillos, bats, beavers, coyotes, moles, raccoons, skunks, wild pigs, woodchucks and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters. The area also is home to parasites, including fleas, ticks and ear mites. Outdoor pets can bring these pests into the home, posing a risk to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Limiting and supervising your pet’s outdoor activities can help it avoid these dangers.

Animal Services
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife issues 843-953-5291

In South Carolina, control of wildlife and animal damage is the responsibility of the individual property owner. One way to discourage wildlife interactions is to keep bird feeders and garbage cans inside at night. Place a small dish of ammonia in the bottom of an empty garbage can to discourage hungry wild animals. Visit the department’s website for documents that detail specific ways to deal with various wildlife and listings of private wildlife-removal services.

Charleston Animal Services

180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29403

The city of Charleston’s Animal Services is part of the city’s police department. Officers are available 24/7 to provide for the safety of citizens from dangerous animals and for the humane treatment of the animal involved. Services include picking up stray animals, caring for injured animals, securing dangerous animals, monitoring the treatment and humane care of animals used commercially and more. For additional information, visit the Charleston Animal Services’ website.

Berkeley County Animal Control

1003 Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Berkeley County’s Animal Control department is part of the county’s Building and Codes Enforcement Department. Call animal control to deal with animal bites, injured animals or aggressive animals, as well as adopting shelter pets or turning in animals to the shelter. Other services include general animal control and enforcement of animal ordinances and laws.

Dorchester County Animal Control

500 N. Main St. #3
Summerville, SC 29483

The county’s Animal Control department enforces county and state ordinances and laws on animal bites, nuisance animals, vaccinations and more. For additional information, visit the department’s website.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians website at


JB Charleston Family Resources Safety
State of South Carolina
Department of Public Safety

10311 Wilson Blvd.
Blythewood, SC 29016
Nonemergency 803-896-9988

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Protective Services, the State Transport Police Division and the South Carolina Immigration Enforcement Unit. The department helps ensure the safety of citizens by enforcing the traffic, motor vehicle and motor carrier laws, educating the public on highway safety and administering highway safety and criminal justice grant programs.

Department of Emergency Management

2779 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29172

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division leads the state’s emergency management program to minimize the loss of life and property from all hazardous events. It handles prevention of and responses to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, thunderstorms, droughts, hazardous material spills, terrorism and more. Visit the department’s website for more information and to view special preparedness publications on hurricanes, earthquakes and other severe weather.

Charleston County
Emergency Management

Nonemergency 843-746-3800

Charleston County’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) provides leadership and assistance to reduce the loss of life and property from a variety of man-made and natural hazards through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In 2010, the county’s Emergency Preparedness Division and the Hazardous Materials Division were consolidated under EMD as a single department, centralizing the coordination of emergency preparedness, homeland security and hazardous materials responsibilities.

An EMD duty officer is on call 24/7 to provide assistance to fire, police and medical agencies that respond to emergencies throughout the county. Visit the office’s website for the county’s disaster planning guide and other preparedness information.

Rescue Squad

Nonemergency 843-225-7728


Nonemergency 843-202-1700

Berkeley County
Emergency Preparedness

Nonemergency 843-723-3800

Berkely County’s Department of Emergency Management develops and enhances the county’s disaster preparedness and recovery plans for all hazards. Visit the department’s website for its hurricane guide and other disaster preparedness information.

Rescue Squad

Nonemergency 843-719-4295


Nonemergency 843-719-4465

Dorchester County
Emergency Management

Nonemergency 843-832-0341

Dorchester County’s Emergency Management Department is responsible for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural or manmade hazards and managing the county Emergency Operations Center during activations. Visit the department’s website for the county’s hurricane guide and other disaster preparedness information.

Fire Department

Nonemergency 843-563-0214


Nonemergency 843-832-0300

Fire Department

Nonemergency 843-720-1981

Police Department

Nonemergency 843-743-7200

Goose Creek

Nonemergency 843-553-8350

Police Department

Nonemergency 843-863-5200

Moncks Corner
Fire Department

Nonemergency 843-719-7990

Police Department

Nonemergency 843-719-7930

Mount Pleasant
Fire Department

Nonemergency 843-884-0623

Police Department

Nonemergency 843-884-4176

North Charleston
Fire Department

Nonemergency 843-740-2616

Police Department

Nonemergency 843-740-2800

Fire and Rescue

Nonemergency 843-873-5107

Police Department

Nonemergency 843-871-2463

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