North Charleston Campus

Residential Group Homes

When children arrive at Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) they are in need of a safe, stable place to call home. CYDC has become that home for thousands of children and youth over its 230-plus years of providing services and support for children who have experienced trauma in our community.

Known for its reputation as a leader in the state of South Carolina for providing comprehensive treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma, CYDC continues serving the community with various programs. CYDC’s programs include three residential care facilities to provide temporary and/or long-term care for children and youth suffering from the impact of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse.

There are two facilities housed on our North Charleston Campus including Charleston Emergency Shelter (CES) and the Ledford House.

While at CYDC, children are provided with a safe and supportive environment that helps introduce normalcy and consistency

in their daily lives and activities. They also receive important trauma-informed assessments and support services designed to address each child’s individual educational, emotional, physical and social needs. 

In close partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), CYDC assists in the transition of the child back to home or to a more permanent home environment.  At capacity, 49 children ages birth to 21 can be housed in four CYDC facilities (including Nu House and our Callen-Lacey Center for Children). The length of stay is typically decided by DSS and a dependency/juvenile court judge, with stays ranging from a few days to a few years.  In 2019 the median stay was 143 days per child.  CYDC’s programs have been continuously accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1980.


  • All residents are referred for the program by DSS.
  • CYDC is licensed to accept children 0-21.

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