Upcoming Events

This year the Charitable Society of Charleston’s Charity Oyster Roast will be benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center’s mentoring programs. The event will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, January 30 at the Visitor Center Bus Shed. Advance tickets are $35 and include all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, beer, wine and live music! Click the link below to buy your tickets in advance online.               


Check out our latest blog entry to read about Chantelle’s story. Chantelle is a 17-year old resident of our Callen-Lacey Center for Children residential home in Berkeley County serving youth in foster care who have been abused or neglected. Chantelle has overcome adversity in her family life to go on to graduate high school and will be attending the Art Institute in January! Click below to learn more about her inspiring story!


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Caring for Children in the Lowcountry since 1790

Founded in 1790, Carolina Youth Development Center is an important part of Charleston’s historic and cultural heritage, a direct descendant of the Charleston Orphan House, America’s first publicly funded orphanage.

Today, CYDC provides programs reaching over 1200 children and youth locally each year. We care for young people with very serious problems, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and severe emotional disorders.

Yes, I’d Like To Help Carolina Youth Development Center!