Residential program

When children arrive at CYDC in need of a safe, stable place to call home; some are in-between foster homes, others are waiting to move to a forever home, and some will live with us until adulthood. Whatever their next step, it’s important that they are welcomed into a supportive transition home that provides educational, vocational and recreational activities, keeping them on the path to a bright future. CYDC meets this need through generous partnerships with Cummins, Boeing, The Citadel, Trident Technical College, Carolina Studios and several other local organizations and outreach groups.

Children and youth live in a cottage environment that nurtures their individual needs while sharing in the responsibilities and opportunities of living in a home-like setting. There are two cottages on CYDC’s North Charleston Campus, known as Ledford and CES, and one cottage at its Moncks Corner campus known as Callen-Lacey. In late 2018, CYDC will open a fourth cottage in North Charleston to provide transitional housing for youth aging out of foster care. Known as NuHouse, young adults ranging in age from 18 to 21 years old will living in a supportive environment, engaged in CYDC’s innovative “NuHome” program that focuses on helping young adults transfer with skills and confidence to living independently.

At A Glance:  

  • Children live in family-style homes with dedicated staff
  • Children have access to extracurricular activities 
  • A Comprehensive Care Plan is established with each child and their Care Manager.  
  • Children have access to a robust after-school program that includes academic tutoring, arts-infused programs, WorkKeys and Job Readiness training.  
  • Level 1 Group Home