Residential Services

Our Model of Care: Teaching-Families

In all of our residential programs we use the Teaching-Families model, an evidence-based and trauma-informed best practice treatment approach. The Teaching-Family Model (TFM) is a philosophy and practice of care and treatment that prioritizes therapeutic relationships with caregivers as the primary conduit of effective treatment in supportive family-style settings. 

Family-style relationships are seen as essential to healthy development of social, relational, and interpersonal skills. The TFM is a strength-based, comprehensive, and trauma-informed model of care that builds positive change while remaining focused on the holistic development of the person served. 

The Model is rooted in cognitive behavioral theory and can be used with children, youth, and adults with a range of diagnoses and symptoms, as well as with those who have experienced significant trauma, maltreatment and loss.


Opened in Fall 2018, NuHouse is a residential group home located on CYDC’s North Charleston campus providing transitional housing for youth aging out of foster care. Young adults ranging in age from 17 to 21 years old live in a supportive environment that focuses on helping young adults transition, with skills and confidence, to living independently.

NuHouse is run with a house parent model. Two sets of married couples trade off living in the home around the clock for one week at a time. This model is designed to provide stability while also exposing youth to healthy adult relationships. Houseparents assist the youth with everyday skills including budgeting, cooking, buying and maintaining a vehicle, gathering documents such as birth certificates and licenses, all of which are geared towards independent living.

“This has really been my home and I am so thankful to CYDC for helping me grow. I am the first in my family to hold down a job and I couldn’t have done it without your guidance.”
Former NuHouse Resident


  • Young adults ages 17 -20.
  • All residents are referred for the program by DSS.
  • Once in NuHouse, you must follow the below requirements:
    • Working toward continued education (GED,
      finishing high school & college)
    • Learning independent living skills
    • Employed in some capacity (job shadow,
      part-time employment or full time, internships, SC works workshops)

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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.

The three facilities include Charleston Emergency Shelter (CES), the Ledford House, and the Callen-Lacey Center for Children (CCLC). Both CES and the Ledford House are located on CYDC’s North Charleston campus while CCLC is located on CYDC’s Berkeley County campus.

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 the four CYDC facilities (including Nu House). 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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