Directory of Outreach for Families in Crisis in South Carolina

Other Parent Resources

  • Successful Parenting • A podcast on Anchor: The Successful Parenting podcast embodies an approach which encourages families to develop strategies aligned with their values, personal history, personality, and child's emotional and cognitive development, resulting in more resilient, independent "future adults." Families learn to establish goals that foster resiliency, identify current ineffective parenting, and create a new workable plan based on their identified family values.The podcast can be found on 10 different platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, iHeartRadio, and Google.
  • Children’s Trust of South Carolina: A statewide organization focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. We provide funding, resources, and training to help local program partners build strong families and positive childhoods.
  • SC Parents: Search and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help.
  • Family Connection of South Carolina: Helps by making connections, raising awareness, and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities and healthcare needs. They offer programs and services to ensure that parents, professionals and caregivers have access to available resources to help their children reach their full potential.
  • able South Carolina: To create greater access and opportunities for independence through empowering individuals with disabilities and promoting community inclusion.
  • SC Department of Health: A directory of services for women and families.

Programs for Youth

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NAMI SC (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

P.O. Box 2526
1823 Gadsden St
Columbia, SC 29202


NAMI SC offers numerous educational programs for our members as well as the community at large. Family-to-Family is a course for family members of adult individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness. NAMI Basics is for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The Peer-to-Peer course is an experiential learning program for people experiencing symptoms of mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

Virtual Family-to-Family Groups on Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Federation of Families

Beverly Griffin

  • Online Respite Care
    Every third Saturday from 10:00-11:30am
  • Parent Peer Support Providers
  • Family Support Network Groups
    It’s your time to CONNECT, SUPPORT, EDUCATE, NAVIGATE & ADVOCATE through our Family Support Network Groups! This is a free safe space for parents/caregivers of children and/or youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, mental health and substance use challenges.
    • TUESDAYS - 9:00 - 10:00am
      Call in #: 843.501.2643
      ID #: 574.983.261#
    • WEDNESDAYS - 1:30 - 2:30pm
      Call in #: 843.501.2643
      ID #: 793.324.255#
    • THURSDAYS - 6:30 - 7:30pm
      Call in #: 843.501.2643
      ID #: 906.281.202#
    • FRIDAYS - 2:30 - 3:30pm
      Call in #: 843.501.2643
      ID #: 967.799.504#

Department of Juvenile Justice, Division of Community Services

Tiffany Howard
Prevention and Intervention State Coordinator Office of Community Justice

Teen After School Centers

This nationally recognized program is specifically designed to reduce the likelihood that participants could be incarcerated and is geared toward those youth in need of additional structure and assistance, often supplementing the normal supervision that the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) provides to youth on probation, parole, or on contract.

Youth Empowerment Sites (YES)

The program provides job skills training, career exposure and community internship/work experience for participants from 16 sites located throughout South Carolina.

Empowered to Win

Kelly Simmons

ETW Consulting provides leadership development, self-advocacy training, and college and career readiness services. We specialize in working with students ages 13-21 through our training programs that will assist them in their personal and professional development. ETW Consulting is focused on assisting students with achieving their personal and professional goals through group courses, workshops, seminars and coaching. In addition to working with students, ETW Consulting also offers parent workshops, professional development for teachers and groups in various career fields.

SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice-Arbitration and Restitution Specialist

Stacey Bryant

The Community Juvenile/Youth Arbitration Program is a community-based program that provides fast track accountability for first-time youthful offenders charged with committing a nonviolent crime. These youths are diverted from the formal justice system to an arbitration hearing or conference conducted in or near their communities. Trained volunteer arbitrators conduct the hearings/conferences and monitor the youths’ progress throughout the program, which is authorized to operate by Solicitor’s Offices in all 16 judicial circuits in South Carolina and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Ask SRO or Law Enforcement if your child qualifies.

Arbitration Fact Sheet

SC Dept. of Education: Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE)

Student Intervention Services, Parent Engagement

Devin Waldrop
1429 Senate St
Columbia, SC 29201

Regina S Thurmond

Parent engagement in schools is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage parents in meaningful ways, and parents are committed to actively supporting their children’s and adolescents’ learning and development.

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

Larry Felder

We take a holistic approach to strengthening fathers and helping them overcome obstacles with a range of education, services and support.

Reality Check Group Sessions - 9 weeks: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm
Sessions take place at these offices unless otherwise noted:

  • Lexington
    Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM
    Thursdays 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Richland
    Mondays 12:00-2:00 PM
    Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Sumter
    Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
    Thursdays 12:00-2:00 PM

FAVOR Family Support

FAVOR Family Support


Recovery Support and family support programs (Greenville Area) This weekly group meeting provides both the information and guidance that family members need to deal with the immediate crises of addiction, but also the on-going support they need to make the necessary and often painful choices that family recovery requires. Group members reach out in empathy to newcomers, who are facing the fresh, private grief of addiction, and accompany them on their healing journey to recovery.

  • Family Recovery Support
  • Al-anon family group
  • Grief recovery
  • ARISE Family Intervention

Ezekiel Ministries

Sally Brown

Richland/Lexington counties (a partner with Big Brother/Big Sister)

Children can participate in our programs through community-based mentoring, our after-school programs or through an apprenticeship at our farm, "EzeFarms." Each program is designed to give hard-working parents a valuable long-term resource where their children can be safe, encouraged and guided well by loving adults. When we work together, children can beat these odds.

United Way

Childhood Trauma Resources

914 Richland St a200
Columbia, SC 29201

  • Resilient Richland (addressing Childhood Trauma in the schools)
  • Al-Anon/Alateen (dealing with alcoholism in the family) 803.735.9944
  • AmeriCorps (17 yrs. And up) 803.929.1000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 803.767.3567
  • The Scooter Scott Project

Family Connections

Sally Baker

Changing Lives By Making Connections, Raising Awareness, And Promoting Inclusion For Those With Disabilities And Special Healthcare Needs.

  • Assists parents with IEP meetings and other special education needs
  • Offers a support group in Spanish

Hope Center for Children

Empowering Families
Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties
All ages of children

Kathleen Turner
864.583.7688 ext 154

The Empowering Families program connects stressed and often isolated families with needed resources. These families have risk factors that increase the odds of their children experiencing abuse or neglect; this program provides preventative support to intervene before abuse takes place.

Low Country Youth Services


  • The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club
    A mentoring program (Tri-County area)
    A mentoring program that has been established to teach and build young men, grade 3rd through 12th, into becoming prominent individuals in their environment.
  • Queens Being
    A mentoring program for girls 11-14yrs old (Lowcountry area)
  • Young Men Rise
    A strengths-based in-school mentorship for boys 9-13yrs old
  • CommUNITY Pod Gadsden Green
    A program to help boys in 4-8th grade (Charleston peninsula)

Columbia Urban League

Able SC Youth Services


Provides one-on-one skill-building support in areas like college and career planning, self-advocacy, disability rights, and financial literacy; youth peer mentoring; leadership development; in-class skill building for SC elementary, middle, and high school students; professional trainings; and more!

SC Department of Mental Health

Suicide Prevention and other Mental Health Issues


The Office of Suicide Prevention does not offer counseling or emergency services. If this is an emergency, please call 911.

  • If you need to talk or are concerned about someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or call 1.800.799.4889 for Lifeline TTY services. You may also Text HOPE4SC to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line.
  • Individuals in a mental health crisis that does not require medical assistance may also call Mobile Crisis at 1.833.364.2274
  • Individuals who are experiencing substance use disorders (SUD) or serious mental illness (SMI) related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance may call the SC HOPES Crisis Counseling Program at 1.844.724.6737
  • ¿Tiene dificultades para lidiar con sus problemas después de un desastre? Hay esperanza! Para la Prevencion de Suicidio Nacional: 1.888.628.9454
    Con la ayuda, llega la esperanza.

National Youth Advocate Program, South Carolina

The Strengthening Families Program
Columbia, Greenville, North Charleston

Emma Galligan
South Carolina Director of Operations

Children’s Trust of SC

Abby Wilson

  • Upstate Family Resource Center
    Spartanburg/Boling Springs
  • Community Support for Young Parents Program
    teen parents
  • The Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
    parents of children ages 6-11
  • Free zoom parent training
    open to all regions

Positive Parenting Program

Triple P
Children up to 12
Georgetown and Greenville counties

Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing.

Midlands Healthy Start

Healthy Start
Program for pregnant moms
Richland & Sumter Area

Kimberly Alston

Parenting classes and support for pregnant moms until child is 18 months.

Family Outreach of Horry County
Must be 24yrs old or younger


A community based program that works to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens and young adults in Horry County.

The Courage Center
Richland & Lexington Counties

Randy Rush

The Courage Center offers free peer recovery support services for both young people (ages 15-26) and family members. This includes weekly support groups and individual counseling.

Home Visiting - Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers
Kershaw, Lexington, Richland counties
children ages 0-5

Wanda Gardner

PAT services include personal visits from a parent educator at least twice monthly; monthly group connections with other PAT families; screenings and assessments to identify developmental concerns; and connections to outside resources that families may need to succeed.

A Place for Us
Teen girls in crisis in Greenwood

Tammie Price
PO Box 797
Greenwood, SC 29648

Helps young women and teenagers overcome the difficulties and problems related to issues including pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, depression, physical abuse, sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Has a residential program and transitional services.

SC Mentor

Appropriate Response Program
Aiken, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Rock Hill

State Office
3600 Forest Drive Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29204

We offer programs to youth of all ages with emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and medically complex needs.

Sharing God's Love
Emergency Needs

147 Friarsgate Boulevard
P.O. Box 1021
Irmo, SC 29063

Upstate Family Resource Center

Teen Parent Outreach

Liv Hayes
1850 Old Furnace Road
Boiling Springs, SC 29316
864.578.6013 ext 1607

The Teen Parent Support Program is specially designed for young mothers (under 24 years old). Our staff is made up of compassionate individuals who serve in a confidential and respectful manner.

Alston Wilkes Society

Serving Richland, Orangeburg, Lexington, Newberry, Aiken, Kershaw, Fairfield and Calhoun

Loretta Bookard
519 Medical Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

The Community Service Program carries on the original AWS mission assisting offenders, former offenders, family members and homeless individuals in rebuilding their lives as productive, law-abiding members of the community. Case management and coordination of services helps clients make a successful transition into society having a positive effect on crime reduction and prevention. Eight (8) regional office locations serve all 46 counties throughout the state of South Carolina.

SC LEAP Project
Family therapy services for parents of incarcerated youth

Patti Green, LMSW
SC LEAP Project Manager

The Nurturing Center
Teen Parent Outreach

Center Oak Resource Center
1417 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201

A family-focused treatment center for child abuse and neglect. Services offered include: home-based and center-based service, teen parenting classes, case management and follow-up services.

Sowing Seeds into the Midlands

2111-A Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29204

"Seeds" is a grassroots nonprofit committed to helping youth ages 13-18 thrive. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, we offer support services and tailored programming to help teens make informed decisions that benefit their futures. From life skills training and professional counseling to mentoring and after-school tutoring, we create safe spaces for teens to engage authentically and respectfully with themselves and the world around them.

Building Better Communities

The Colony Apartment
3545 West Beltline Blvd, Ste B
Columbia, SC 29203
Dutch Square Mall
421 Bush River Rd
Columbia, SC 29203

Building Better Communities (BBC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive organization fighting for racial equality. BBC Community Resource Centers have programs to help:

  • Mental Health
  • Library
  • Life Skills Courses
  • Cooking Classes
  • Homework Assistance Center
  • Financial Literacy
  • PTSD Counseling
  • Healthy Eating Courses
  • Community Beautification Project
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention

Alston Wilkes Society

Columbia Youth Home

Serving Richland, Orangeburg, Lexington, Newberry, Aiken, Kershaw, Fairfield and Calhoun

Loretta Bookard
519 Medical Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

The Community Service Program carries on the original AWS mission assisting offenders, former offenders, family members and homeless individuals in rebuilding their lives as productive, law-abiding members of the community. Case management and coordination of services helps clients make a successful transition into society having a positive effect on crime reduction and prevention. Eight (8) regional office locations serve all 46 counties throughout the state of South Carolina.

Wil Lou Gray
Residential 16+
West Columbia


SC Youth Challenge Academy

Residential 16-18

5471 Leesburg Road Bldg 3892
Eastover, SC 29044

Palmetto Place Unaccompanied Youth Program

Youth ages 16-21
Teen parent program
Transitional housing

Columbia, SC

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