The Children's Attention Home is licensed to provide care for any child up to age 21 in the custody of S.C. Department of Social Services, as long as they do not require one-on-one care. Due to recent legislation and court mandates, most youth served by the Home are ages 13 and older, including pregnant and parenting teens and young adults transitioning to independence.
These children have been removed from their homes by the SC Department of Social Services because of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect they have experienced at home. Youth are placed in the Home’s care until a long-term solution is found.
Long-term placements for every child are determined by SCDSS and can range from:
Reunification with their family
Kinship care that makes it possible for the child to live with a blood relative rather than the parent
Long-term foster care or residential care placement
Termination of parental rights, which allows the child to enter the adoption process
Preparation for life on their own