Children's Attention Home names Interim Executive Director

January 18, 2018

Rock Hill, S.C.
– The Children’s Attention Home recently announced the selection of Emily Parrish, current Residential Services Director, to serve in the role of Interim Executive Director as part of the transition plan for the retirement of current Executive Director, Debra Eident.

I am excited about the future of the Home and the opportunity to help lead such an incredible organization,” Parrish said. “It has been such a privilege to serve under Debra for the past three years. She has worked to build trust in our team to provide a solid foundation to our kids, and I am committed to carrying that forward.”

“The Board has full confidence that, under Emily’s leadership, the Home will continue its excellent work of providing a safe and nurturing home for abused and neglected children,” expressed Board Chair, Dr. Cheryl Fortner-Wood. “Identifying Emily as the Home’s Interim Executive Director allows the entire team to prepare for a smooth transition and affords us all the benefit of her 13 years of dedicated experience with the Home.”

Starting as a residential counselor, Parrish has risen through the years to serve in her current role as Residential Services Director. During these last three years as Residential Services Director, Parrish has led the restructuring of the Home’s residential programs to meet the changing landscape of need, including the expansion and adaptation of the Independent Living and Life Skills Program and Education Program.

As a key member of the Home’s senior leadership, Parrish also played a primary role in the Home’s recent accomplishment of accreditation and the development and launch of the Home’s newest program, Crossroads, serving homeless and unaccompanied youth.

Parrish stated “The Home means so much to me, and I look forward to serving our children and our community in this role.”

Parrish will begin serving in this capacity following Eident’s last day on February 2, 2018. The search for a permanent replacement for the position is currently underway by the Home’s Board of Directors. Individuals interested in this position can find information at

About the Children’s Attention Home

The Children’s Attention Home provides a safe and nurturing home for abused and neglected children from birth to age 21. Serving children across the state of South Carolina, the Home provides individualized care and developmental opportunities for up to 42 children at a time. Since its inception in 1970, the Home has served over 7,500 children. For more information about the Children’s Attention Home and available opportunities to support, visit or call 803-328-8871.