Columbia, SC (WLTX) -A ceremony recognizing the Department of Social Services took place Monday.

DSS Director Lillian Koller was given a plaque by the National Child Welfare Foundation recognizing her leadership for helping kids in our state.

The Casey Excellence In Leadership Award is a foundation committed to improving the lives of children and families. Thegroup was founded in 1966 and is the nation's largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system