About the Dorchester Children's Center
Our Center provides a coordinated evidence-based response to child abuse that reduces trauma and provides treatment for the children and families in our community in a safe child-focused environment.
Dorchester Children's Center is dedicated to creating communities in which children and families live free from abuse and are free to reach their full potential.
Children In Crisis in Dorchester County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving abused and neglected children and their families from Dorchester County and parts of Berkeley and Charleston Counties.
Non-Offending Caregivers Support Group:
If you have just discovered that your child or a child that you care about has been abused, it may feel as if your world is falling apart. But there is hope. Other caring adults have been where you are.
Dorchester Children's Center is pleased to offer the Non-Offending Caregiver's Support Group. This group is designed to help caregivers cope with a variety of complex issues brought about by a child's disclosure, from coping with the initial shock of the disclosure, to dealing with the impact of navigating the legal system. We at Dorchester Children's Center are committed to providing supportive services for children and their families as they find their way through trauma toward healing.
Protection Clarification: Process in which caregivers clarify for the child that the abuse happened, it was wrong and was not their fault. The caregiver takes responsibility for not protecting the child and outlines steps they will take to prevent further abuse.
Abuse Clarification: Process in which caregivers clarify for the child that the abuse happened, it was wrong, and it was not thier fault. The caregiver takes responsibility for the abuse and consequences and outlines steps they will take to prevent further abuse.
Teen Dating Violence
The Teen Dating Violence Educational Group is held every few months. The purpose of the group is to promote dating safety in teenagers and facilitate conversations healthy/unhealthy relationships, domestic violence awareness, sexting, and prevention measures against teen dating violence.
During the group, teenagers will be taught characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, have the opportunity to learn the definitions and signs of abuse, date rape, coercion, and stalking, and learn about the cycle of violence. The group will also inform teenagers of the early warning signs for potential dating violence as well as safety precautions to take when dating. The group is designed to be fun and interactive, so all in attendance should be willing to participate.