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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, CYDC encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the Tri-County a better place for children and families. At CYDC, in addition to serving youth in foster care who have been abused, our Strengthening Families program works on the…

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Seeing the Glass Half Full: Derrick’s Story

When he is working at his part-time job as a Subway employee, 17-year old Callen-Lacey Center for Children resident and Berkeley High School junior Derrick* likes nothing more than to make customers smile and to brighten up someone’s day. This might seem unusual for a youth in foster care with no family support network who…

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Chantelle’s Story

Chantelle,* a victim of neglect by her mother and boyfriend, has bloomed under the compassionate care of Callen-Lacey Center, who rave about her determination to further herself and her motivation to succeed. Living in a safe and protective environment has allowed her to focus on creating a better life for herself, and she has excelled academically.…

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Cheryl’s Story

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]10-year old Cheryl* arrived at CYDC’s Charleston Emergency Shelter in August. Her mom and her had been homeless, and Cheryl was brought to us while the mother works to get back on her feet again. Cheryl has maintained no contact with her biological father, though she does have a relationship with her stepdad. Initially, she…

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Keon’s Story

On November 17 CYDC bid goodbye to Keon, who marked his 18th birthday by returning home to live with his mother in Columbia. Keon had two separate placements at CYDC, the first in early 2014 for about six months, the second in summer 2015. Over the period from summer to his 18th birthday, with guidance and direction from Bakker…

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A Fantastic “Night for the Children” of CYDC

Our 2015 A “Night for the Children” Gala was our most successful Gala ever, raising more than $237,000 to support the children served by the Carolina Youth Development Center! We simply could not have done it without the support of our myriad sponsors and vendors, who helped make this all possible! We would like to…

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Daniel Moves into His New Apartment

Wednesday, August 12 marked a milestone day in former CYDC resident Daniel Holmes’ life as he moved into his new apartment in Ladson. Thanks to an amazing group of generous people from Living Waters Ministry, Daniel returned home from work to a fully furnished apartment and a refrigerator stocked with food. Not a bad way…

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225th Auction Item List

1. Two passes to the SC Aquarium 2. Two tour admissions to Bulldog Tours 3. Five sessions at Charleston Rev 4. 1 year family membership to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry 5. Make up party for 6 and a gift basket from Cos Bar 6. A watch from Croghan’s Jewel Box 7. Two simple…

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Our 225th Anniversary Website is Live!

Our 225th Anniversary history web page is now live! A huge thanks to Marcus Amaker of Marcus Amaker Design for creating the site! Check out the link here: http://225.cydc.org to watch our 225th Anniversary history video developed and edited by Richard Almes. You can also learn some neat historical facts about the Charleston Orphan House and…

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Freedom Schools’ Weekly Wrap Up

To kick off an amazing week for Freedom Schools, the youth learned Labi Siffre’s, “Something Inside So Strong,” with their own Freedom Schools spin. At the end of the song, the whole group chanted, “I know I can be what I want to be. If I work hard at it, I’ll be where I want…