Founded in 1790 as the Charleston Orphan House, CYDC’s mission is to empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. Our vision is that all children will have loving and stable families and a nurturing community empowering them to lead successful lives.
CYDC has had to cancel or postpone our two most significant fundraising events, that occur in April and September, and combined generate nearly $400,000 in revenue for our organization. Consequently, we are relying more on the generosity of our donors and grant funders during this time to help us maintain critical programs and services that enable us to fulfill our mission of protecting our community’s most vulnerable children.In 2017, CYDC began the implementation of a multi-year strategy to transform its service offerings to increase the impact on the emotional, physical, social and educational success of the children it serves. Chief among its priorities are the victims of child abuse, neglect and abandonment that are entrusted to its care by the SC Department of Social Services through its foster care services. Using evidence-based and evidence-informed practices,CYDC provides prevention and intervention services for children throughout the state of SC.●CYDC operates four residential care facilities, which provide temporary and/or long-term foster care for children suffering from the impact of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect.●CYDC is a partner of The Children’s Defense Fund and offers a summer Freedom Schools program to provide enrichment through a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health.●CYDC's family-focused, community outreach programs support the family structure, with an aim of stabilizing families in order to reduce the opportunity for abuse and neglect.
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