A parent’s rights may be terminated if the parent abandons the child. Abandonment of a child is when a parent wilfully deserts a child or wilfully surrenders physical¬†possession of a child without making adequate arrangements for the child’s needs or the continuing care of the child.

Section 63-7-20(1) of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended, defines “Abandonment of Child.”

Section 63-7-2570(7) of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended  (Termination of Parent: Abandonment).