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Group works to help families remain intact

2017-09-29T13:36:17-04:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: In the Press|

The Summerville Journal Scene - A new group in Dorchester County has been quietly working to help families in disarray, but the group is far from new to the Lowcountry. Windwood Family Services started in 1985 as a juvenile residential care program in Awendaw. Read More

Children’s Trust of South Carolina Legislative Agenda for 2015

2017-10-11T18:45:19-04:00January 27th, 2015|Categories: Legislative Updates|Tags: |

Tracking our legislative agenda For the bills and topics are are tracking on our legislative agenda, we have a summary that auto-updates as these topics move through the South Carolina House and Senate. Bookmark this page to keep track of their progress. Track specific legislation related to our legislative agenda

Legislation Prefiled to Address Child Welfare Concerns

2017-10-11T18:45:39-04:00December 19th, 2014|Categories: Legislative Updates|Tags: |

DSS Senate Oversight Committee Holds Last Hearing of Year The Department of Social Services Oversight Subcommittee recently heard testimony from several individuals. Dr. Olga Rosa, board certified child abuse pediatrician and DSS Acting Director, Amber Gilliam both testified. The committee heard about needs for centralized intake hotline for child abuse cases, increased collaboration with S.C. Children’s Advocacy Medical Response System and creation of local child fatality review committees. Video of the testimony is available. Prefiled legislation addresses some of the concerns raised during these hearings. S. 150 (Sen. Shealy, R-Lexington) restructures DSS through the creation of the Department of Family Protective Services S. 250 (Sen. Shealy, R-Lexington; Sen. Lourie, D-Richland; Sen. Young, R-Aiken) would allow medical records to be released without consent of parent(s) to the medical provider who is evaluating a child for suspected abuse and neglect. Obtaining written consent to release the child’s medical records can be very difficult — even [...]

Has Your Child Suffered A Traumatic Event?

2017-10-12T17:34:08-04:00July 23rd, 2014|Categories: News|

Trauma and Traumatic Events What Is Trauma? People often use the word “trauma” to refer to a traumatic event. A trauma is a scary, dangerous, or violent event that can happen to anyone. Not all dangerous or scary events are traumatic events, however. What Is a Traumatic Event? A traumatic event is a scary, dangerous, or violent event. An event can be traumatic when we face or witness an immediate threat to ourselves or to a loved one, often followed by serious injury or harm. We feel terror, helplessness, or horror at what we are experiencing and at our inability to stop it or protect ourselves or others from it. Often people feel bad after a trauma. Even though we try hard to keep children safe, dangerous events still happen. This danger can come from outside of the family (such as a natural disaster, car accident, school shooting, or community violence) or from within [...]

Former Deaf Child Shares His Story with Lawmakers

2017-09-29T13:53:59-04:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: In the Press|

Former deaf child shares his story with lawmakers Posted: Jul 19, 2012 7:42 PM EDT Updated: Jul 19, 2012 7:52 PM EDT AWENDAW, S.C. (WCIV) – Johnathan is a normal kid. He likes fishing and playing sports. It was at the age of 13, one year ago, that he first got to hear the sounds of all his favorite things. “You can hear the whole world outside,” he said. MUSC Children’s Hospital gave Johnathan the gift of hearing, with cochlear implants. It’s not only changed his life but his 10-year-old brother, Sam’s, too. “I just wanted my brother to hear, and be normal,” he said. As one of MUSC’S patients, Johnathan was selected to go to Capitol Hill to share his story with Congress. He will join a group of children’s hospital patients from all over the country. “Johnathan is such a great example of our young patients that MUSC Children’s Hospital has helped [...]