Our communities, our families and our residents have experienced considerable trauma in the past year, it is time we unify and be intentional about our mental, physical and emotional health.

We must continue opening our doors to healing.

CYDC is committed to ensuring our community and our residents have the resources and tools to heal. You can help hold doors open for our community by making a donation today.

“I feel privileged to be a part of the Treatment Team here at CYDC.  Helping to create an emotionally safe environment for our residents is essential as they grow and try new behaviors.  We create that environment here by building close, trusting relationships with the youth and creating a culture of care within our campus community.” 

-Ryan Horn

CYDC uses a variety of different methods such as art-based therapy, music-based therapy and grief therapy through our L.Y.G.H.T. Program – which stands for Listening and Led by Youth in Foster Care: Grief, Hope, and Transitions.

Our Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program for high-risk and general population families that is recognized both nationally and internationally. Parents and youth attend 14 weekly SFP skills classes together, learning parenting skills and youth life and refusal skills to allow families to heal together and become stronger.

Will you help Open the Doors to Healing?

A gift of $40 will help us supply a 1-hour therapy session to help our residents heal by expressing their needs, thoughts and emotions.

A gift of $400 will help us supply 10 1-hour therapy sessions to help our residents heal by expressing their needs, thoughts and emotions.

A gift of $800 will help us supply 20 1-hour therapy sessions to help our residents heal by expressing their needs, thoughts and emotions.

A gift of $3,750 will help provide one family the opportunity to master positive parenting practices through our Strengthening Families Program, and all families to heal together.

Inspired by youth in foster care, L.Y.G.H.T. (Listening and Led by Youth in Foster Care: Grief, Hope, and Transitions) is a youth-led and youth-driven peer grief support program for youth in foster care who are grieving. The L.Y.G.H.T. program, developed by Dr. Monique Mitchell and Dr. Donna Schuurman and based on The Dougy Center Model from [dougy.org]Dougy Center: The National Grief Center for Children & Families, is a trauma-informed and grief-informed program that provides a safe space for youth in foster care to listen, talk, and offer support to one another as they cope with missing family, friends, and other important people, as well as other losses in their lives. L.Y.G.H.T. promotes youth empowerment by providing youth with choices about if, when, and how they want to participate in the program. L.Y.G.H.T. is currently being offered biweekly at Carolina Youth Development Center by adult facilitators who have completed the L.Y.G.H.T. Facilitator Training.

Learn more: WHEN THEIR WORLD IS ALREADY UPSIDE DOWN Supporting Grieving Children and Teens in Foster Care During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis