South Carolina Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies



South Carolina Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies (SCALAA) was established in 1998. The organization now includes most licensed adoption agencies in the state. Both non-profit and private agencies statewide are joined with others interested in adoption issues to advocate for healthy adoption practice.

Meetings are scheduled throughout the year to advocate and address ongoing adoption issues. SCALAA participation includes professional social workers, representing adoption agencies, as well as "lay" people interested in adoptions who usually represent adoptive parents, birth parents or adult adoptees. These meetings have been a forum for discussing best practices, for considering changes in adoption policy, and for sponsoring legislative action. A members only blog is also used to discuss adoption issues on a daily basis.

Services to all members of the adoption triad (birth parents, adopted child, adoptive parents) have been expanded and improved due to the organizational belief that "where there is mutual exchange, there is constructive growth,".

SCALAA has initiated training workshops for professional staff on current trends and new methods of practice. South Carolina Adoption Agencies are working with over 200 children at any one time but reviews the adoption potential of over 500 children annually. South Carolina Adoption Agencies bring together children needing placement over 500 times each year.
The membership information below is from SCALAA's bylaws. If you are a private or non-profit child placing agency licensed by the State of South Carolina and are interested in joining SCALAA, please contact SCALAA's president, Laura Beauvais at [email protected].


The purpose of this Association shall be to:

  • Support and insure the development of professional comprehensive services to all members of the adoption triad;
  • To provide a forum for networking by sharing procedures, concepts and ideas with all Association members; and
  • To engage in advocacy on behalf of adoption concerns.

Cost of Membership

Annual membership fee is $100 per year.


The membership of the Association shall be as follows:
  • Membership is open to any private, non-profit child placing agencies licensed by the State of South Carolina.
  • Member agencies shall be enrolled upon establishing that they are licensed by the State of South Carolina as a child placement agency and upon payment of membership dues.
  • Membership entitles all officers and employees engaged in adoption services of that member agency to full Association privileges.
  • Each member agency shall attend at least one meeting annually to retain their membership.

SCALAA Members

All of the adoption agencies listed on this page are members in good standing with the South Carolina Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies. For more information about membership requirements, go to our Join SCALAA page. Contact information for individual agencies is available at each agency's website.

A Chosen Child Adoption Services
Office: 300 Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483
Tel: 843.851.4004

A Chosen Child Adoption Services (ACCAS) is a licensed South Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit adoption agency. We specialize in international and SC adoption home studies. Both affordable and in depth adoption services are available to prospective adoptive parents; including, adoptive parent training, assistance with birth parent living expenses and medical expenses. Free counseling and other collateral adoption support services are available to birth parents.

Adoption Advocacy
Office: 1712 Waterway Ct, Spartanburg, SC 29301
Tel: 864.329.8587

Adoption Advocacy was founded with the mission of helping South Carolina families access the broadest range of adoption services possible. Just as each family is unique, so are the adoption needs of every family. Adoption Advocacy provides South Carolina home study services and also works with domestic adoptions, special needs adoptions, and international adoptions.

Adoption Matters, Inc.
Office: 134 Professional Park Dr, Mooresville, NC 28117

Adoption Matters, Inc. is a private non-profit licensed child placing agency serving South Carolina and North Carolina. We work with birth mothers and adoptive parents throughout the country. We currently provide home studies and in person counseling and consulting for birth mothers and adoptive families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Alliance for Children
Office: 292 Reservoir Street, Suite 101 Needham, MA 02494
Tel: 781.444 7148  or 803.772.6556

The Alliance for Children is a non-profit international adoption agency based in Massachusetts with a branch office in South Carolina, serving families throughout the USA. They have placed thousands of children from around the world in permanent adoptive homes. They are committed to assisting needy children both through the location of adoptive families, and through financial contributions and donations of new clothing, supplies, and medicines.

Bethany Christian Services
Offices: 114 Williams St, Greenville, SC 29601, 
               142 Airport Rd g, Arden, NC 28704
Tel: 803.779.0541; 864.235.2273; 843.839.5433

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bethany is a not-for-profit, pro-life, Christian adoption and family services agency. Bethany Christian Services of South Carolina provides birthparent assistance, shepherding home care, domestic infant adoption, international adoption, older/special needs adoption, interim foster care, and volunteer opportunities.

Carolina Adoption Services
Office: 630 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401
Tel: 336.275.9660

Carolina Adoption Services is an international adoption agency committed to finding stable, loving adoptive homes for children in need of permanent families. With the assistance of CAS, over 1700 orphans have found their forever, loving families throughout the United States and abroad. The agency is licensed in both North and South Carolina and is the sister agency of ABC Adoption Services of Roanoke, Virginia.

Child of the Heart
Office: 1156 Bowman Rd. Unit 200 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Tel: 843.881.2973

Child of the Heart is a non-profit, licensed adoption agency that specializes in placing children from Russia and Ukraine in loving homes in America. Child of the Heart is a 501(c)(3) agency founded in 1998. Agency fees are very reasonable and are reduced for older children for those in lesser income brackets.

Christian Family Services
Office: 2460 India Hook Rd suite 201-a, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Tel: 803.328.2229

Christian Family Services (CFS) is a licensed, nonprofit adoption agency that specializes in domestic infant adoption and home study services. CFS provides services for birthparents, adoptive parents, and their families, and other agencies and attorneys needing such services as: adoption-related counseling; referral assistance; consents/relinquishments; pre-placement investigations (home studies); post-placement investigations; background information investigations; and foster care in licensed Christian homes.

Hope Embraced Adoption Agency
Office: 209 Lenderman Drive, Inman, SC 29349
Tel: 864.641.8142

Hope Embraced is a licensed agency that specializes in domestic adoptions, home study services, and creating adoptive parent profiles.  Hope Embraced provides adoption education and preparation for adoptive families and birth parents. Hope Embraced also provides services such as: referral services, birth parent relinquishments, and pre and post adoption investigations.  Hope Embraced staff members bring a unique perspective to the adoption spectrum as they have a former birth mom, adoptive parents, single mom, and adoptee that work closely with adoptive parents and birth parents.

LDS Family Services
Office: 7621 Little Ave #420, Charlotte, NC 28226
Tel: 704.541.5626

LDS Family Services provides licensed child placement services including infant adoption, and special needs adoption. The LDS Family Services branch office in Charlotte, NC, is licensed to provide adoption services in the state of South Carolina.

Nightlight® Christian Adoptions | Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption
Office: 955 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 5A, Greer, SC 29650
Tel: 864.268.0570

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is a licensed, Hague Accredited, full-service adoption agency with experience in both domestic adoptions and international adoptions. Nightlight serves adoptive couples and singles from all over the United States, and also assists non-U.S. citizens in adopting through its Cambodian adoption program.

Worldwide Adoption Services, Inc.
Office: 101 Builders Court Spartanburg, SC 29316
Tel: 864.814.1336

Worldwide Adoption Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization specializing in uniting families through international adoption. World Adoption Services is fully staffed by parents who have adopted internationally through the Worldwide program.

Contact SCALAA

Call or send us an email if you have any questions or would like to join SCALAA.​

South Carolina Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies

Laura Beauvais, President
1527 Wade Hampton Boulevard
Greenville, SC 29609
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (864) 268-0570