Charleston Emergency Shelter

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Children Lying with Heads TogetherWhen a child is removed from home because of documented abuse and neglect, he or she often has nowhere to go. The Charleston Emergency Shelter provides an immediate safe haven and treatment for children suffering from the impact of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, until they are placed with a responsible foster care family, go to live with a stable relative, or move to a more permanent group setting.

Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) operates two emergency shelters in the tri-county area for abused, neglected, or abandoned children from infants through age 17. The Charleston Emergency Shelter (CES) is located in North Charleston and Callen-Lacey Center for Children (CLCC) is located in Berkeley County.

At both shelters children and youth participate in educational, vocational and recreational activities provided by our Bakker Career Center and volunteers in the community.