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Shuckin’ for Shelter Oyster Roast Benefit Moves to Oakley Farms

  Get your bivalve fix at our annual Shuckin’ for Shelter charity oyster roast benefiting the Callen-Lacey Center for Children on Saturday, March 25 from 2-5 p.m. at Oakley Farms. We are excited to welcome this year’s guests to a gorgeous new location: Oakley Farms in Moncks Corner. This charming venue features a rustic barn,…

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A Life in Foster Care

Today in our blog we share the poignant story and audio from NPR about Noel Anaya, a 21-year old California youth who was in foster care nearly his entire life and is now aging out of the system. Anaya received a unique opportunity to record his court proceeding and discuss his experience in the foster…

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Angela’s Story

Sometimes children face an unsafe household and they must be removed from the home for their own protection. When this happens, CYDC provides a secure, caring environment to help improve their outlook and well-being, and keep them on the right path in school and in life. 15-year old North Charleston High School (NCHS) freshman Angela* came…

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Set up a Monthly Gift

Last year your generous support allowed us to serve 128 children in foster care who have suffered abuse or neglect, more than 1,200 children and families in our community, and provide life-changing mentors for 140 local children from single-parent families.    As we approach the New Year and prepare our resolutions for 2017, we hope that we can count on…

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Community Based Services

Carolina Youth Development Center’s Strengthening Families program serves 270 families annually who are identified as having risk factors in the home that could potentially result in child abuse or neglect if not addressed.   Families such as Sarah Brown’s,* a single mother of two girls, aged fifteen and eleven. Her daughters, Laquisha and Lovey,* are vibrant,…

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Derrick’s Story

Your holiday gift helps CYDC make a difference in the lives of 1,200 youth and families annually, which includes providing a safe and secure environment and academic and job readiness support services to children in foster care who have suffered abuse or neglect. Children such as 17-year old Derrick, who came to CYDC’s Callen-Lacey Center for Children in January 2015…

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Shaquille’s Story

Shaquille, 13,* has come leaps and bounds since he first arrived at Carolina Youth Devlopment Center’s Callen-Lacey Center for Children’s residential shelter on May 9, 2015.  At first, the tragic experiences he had endured when he lived with his family caused him to act out and misbehave, and his negative attitude led to struggles with his studies at Berkeley…

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Good Cheer Fund

The Post and Courier published a story from Carolina Youth Development Center on Sunday, December 11 as part of its Good Cheer Fund article series. Their article shares the heart wrenching story of Joanne,* who recently lost her husband, and who has struggled financially since his passing to take care of her two children, ages…

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Sean’s Story

From ‘At-Risk’ to Academic Success 16-year old Sean* came to CYDC more than a year and a half ago, the victim of neglect and alleged sexual abuse at the hands of his father. In foster care since he was 9, Sean’s mother had also struggled with drug addiction. When Sean first arrived at Charleston Emergency…

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Volunteer and Donor Spotlight: Shannon and Dewey

Volunteer Spotlight: Shannon Ryan  “Personally, I began mentoring because I wanted to make a positive difference in someone’s life, and who better to do that with than children- especially those who have been displaced from their homes. I wanted to be able to give someone what I was lucky enough to have growing up: a…