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  • Aiken Youth Empowerment - Aiken - sex education promoting healthy decision making
  • Alston Wilkes Society - Columbia - provides offenders, former offenders, at-risk youth, homeless veterans, and families in crisis tools to become productive citizens


  • The Bair Foundation - Charleston, Columbia, Greenville - provides training and support to families becoming foster parents
  • Barnabas Horse Foundation for Children - Murrells Inlet - provides healing through fellowship with horses for children 4-17 recovering from physical abuse, sexual abuse, trauma
  • Be a Mentor - North Charleston - connects kids with adult mentors
  • Beyond Abuse - Greenwood - working with adults, children, and families in Abbeville, Greenwood, and Laurens counties
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    This nationwide mentoring program that matches adult volunteers and single-parent children ages 6-16.
    Lowcountry - Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester counties


  • Caleb's Dragonfly Dreams - Myrtle Beach organization provides positive events and activities to abandoned, abused and neglected children that reside in shelters and group homes
  • Carolina Family Services - Greenville - provides community based therapeutic services to children and their families in Upstate SC
  • Center for Child and Family Studies - USC, Columbia - assists parents of 3-7 year olds who show challenging behaviors
  • Child Abuse Prevention Association - Beaufort - provides parents, children and caregivers with necessary skills, knowledge and values to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Childcare centers, referrals, resources
  • Children's Attention Home - Rock Hill - emergency and long-term residential facility for children birth-21
    Crossroads - program for youth ages 17-20 who are homeless, unaccompanied, or at risk of becoming homeless providing free housing, clothing, meals, health care, life skill coaching, educational support and more for up to 2 years
  • A Child's Haven - Greenville - therapeutic services for children and their families
  • Children's Place - Aiken - therapy for at-risk children and their families
  • Children's Trust of South Carolina - Columbia-based - offers information to parents concerning their child's education
  • Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy - Charleston - pastoral care, counseling for law enforcement and emergency service employees and their families
  • Coastline Women's Center - Myrtle Beach - pregnancy medical clinic providing pregnancy tests, ultrasound scans, educational counseling, and referrals free of charge to women in Horry County
  • Collins Children's Home - Seneca - family support system for children ages 3-18
  • Compassionate Friends - Greenville - provides support and aid for bereaved parents and families
  • Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons - Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield - works to support and empower domestic violence and sexual violence victims and their families by providing services, reducing the tolerance of abuse, and advocating for social change


  • Darkness to Light - Charleston - fighting child sexual abuse
  • Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center - Charleston - provides services for child abuse victims and their families
  • Defenders For Children - Greenville - works to prevent child abuse through projects that raise community awareness, educate adults and children, and increase community involvement
  • Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center - West Columbia - helps physically and sexually abused children ages 0-18
  • Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center - Summerville, serving Berkeley and Dorchester counties - provides services to victims of child abuse and neglect in a safe, child-focused environment including trauma treatment, forensic medical services, and prevention education programs



  • Family Connection of South Carolina - Columbia-based - support network for families of children with special needs
  • Family Justice Center - Georgetown - helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse
  • First 5 SC - portal to assist low income families with children aged 5 and younger find public programs and services to aid with their child's growth and development
  • Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina - Charleston-based - provides education, counseling services, medical care, social support, and a safe haven for young pregnant and parenting mothers in need across South Carolina
  • Foothills Family Resources - Slater - operates a food pantry, provides monetary help for families in crisis, teaches parenting skills
  • Foothills Care Center - Clemson and Seneca - provides education, benevolence, and limited medical obstetrical services
  • Fostering Great Ideas - Greenville - improves the experience for children in foster care by building dignity, personal relationships, and sense of community
  • Fostering the Family - based in Anderson, this organization ignites churches and communities to support foster, adoptive, and kinship families


  • HALOS, Helping And Lending Outreach Support - North Charleston - provides assistance to abused and neglected children in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties and to their caregivers, through a variety of programs and initiatives to improve the lives of these children
  • Healing Hurts - Ridgeville - transitional maternity home providing residential services to women of all ages as well as victim advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault victims
  • Helping Hands - Aiken - emergency children's shelter
  • Helping Hands of Clemson - foster home and emergency shelter for abused and neglected children
  • Heritage Keepers - Charleston-based - statewide group promotes sexual abstinence until marriage
  • Hope Center for Children - Spartanburg - working to prevent and help victims of child abuse and neglect
  • Hopeful Horizons - Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper counties - children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center providing safety, hope and healing to survivors through evidence-based therapy, outreach, prevention and education


  • I Am Voices - Summerville - dedicated to healing survivors and eradicating sexual violence, especially focusing on young girls and teens in the foster care system, by providing a healing environment, services, support, and a safe place for victims of abuse
  • Institute for Families in Society - Columbia - initiative of USC that seeks to enhance family well-being


  • Julie Valentine Center - Greenville - nonprofit organization provides free, confidential services to sexual assault and child abuse survivors and their families



  • Landmarks for Families - North Charleston - healing services for children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, or have severe emotional disorders; formerly called Carolina Youth Development Center
  • Lifeline Children's Services - with four offices located around the state, this nonprofit organization offers counseling for pregnant women, adoption services, and foster care licensing
  • Lowcountry Orphan Relief - Charleston - works directly with other non-profits, schools, foster parents, and government agencies to identify the individual needs of children in severe situations
  • Lowcountry Crisis Pregnancy Center - North Charleston - provides medical services, referrals, and assistance with unplanned pregnancies
  • Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy - Greater Charleston area - works with at-risk children
  • Lutheran Services Carolinas - Columbia - places children in foster and adoptive homes, provides comprehensive services to adults with special needs, aids veterans in regaining their independence, helps refugees acclimate to life in a new country


  • My Sister's House - Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester counties - assists victims of domestic violence and their children


  • National Youth Advocate Program - Columbia, Greenville, North Charleston - NYAP offers individual, family and group therapy, diagnostic assessments, case management, foster care, and telehealth services
  • New Foundations Home for Children - Anderson - New Foundations is a private, nonprofit treatment agency caring for emotionally troubled children and their families. Services include Group Homes and the Family Counseling Center of Anderson.
  • New Morning Foundation - Columbia - works to limit teen pregnancies
    Tell Them - online advocacy to educate young women
  • Nurture Home - Aiken - Mental Health America of Aiken County's program to assist single women and mothers who are homeless and often the victims of domestic violence
  • Nurturing Center - Columbia - working with abused and neglected children


  • Palmetto Place - Columbia - helps children, youth, and pregnant and parenting teens who have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or homelessness
  • Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Florence-based - works for the reduction of sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and assists its victims in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties
  • Pendleton Place Children's Shelter - Greenville - offers a place of safety and comfort for children hurt by abuse and neglect through prevention, assessment, and intervention
  • Project R.E.S.T. - Spartanburg - serves victims of domestic violence and their dependent children in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union counties





  • The Village Group - Georgetown - youth advocacy through literacy, recreation and community involvement
  • Visions of Women - Columbia-based - with a mission to raise awareness about domestic violence and promote healthy relationships focusing on teens and college students


  • Waccamaw Youth Center - Conway - residential center for abused, neglected, and abandoned youth ages 12-21
  • Windwood Family Services - Awendaw - therapeutic intervention for abused and neglected boys
  • WINGS for Kids - Charleston - social and emotional learning after school
  • - legal information for women living with or escaping domestic violence - use links for SC-specific info


  • YWCA Upper Lowlands - Sumter - The YWCA Upper Lowlands works with victims of domestic violence and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Serves Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, and Kershaw counties.

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