New Parents having children in South Carolina learn first hand that the financial assistance programs do not include paid leave. Many families welcome a new baby into the home along with a pile of past due bills.

Several federal regulations provide unpaid legal job and health insurance protections that last up to 12 weeks. Approximately half of the workers in the state lack these safeguards because they do not qualify.


New parents in South Carolina should not assume that short-term disability will provide financial assistance while on leave from work. The Palmetto State, along with 45 others, does not have a mandatory program.

People need to take personal responsibility and purchase private coverage before becoming sick, hurt, or pregnant. Families need an ongoing income to pay regular bills such as car payments, rent, mortgage, and utilities. The ability to work is perhaps your biggest asset.