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Partners and Affiliations

Partners and Affiliations

Council on Accreditation

SCYAP has been nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for Family Preservation & Stabilization Services (FPS), Foster Care (FC), and Kinship Care Services (KC) since 2002.  COA is the accrediting body for behavioral healthcare and human service organizations.  Accreditation by COA is valued and formally recognized across the United States.  The achievement and maintenance of COA accreditation indicates that SCYAP complies with nationally recognized standards of best practice at all levels of the organization and shows our commitment to excellence, continuous quality improvement, and dependable service delivery. www.coanet.org


Family Focused Treatment Association
SCYAP is a member of the Foster Family Treatment Association (FFTA), a nationally recognized organization of treatment foster care providers established in 1988.  FFTA’s membership is composed of agencies throughout North America currently operating treatment foster care programs.  FFTA has standards for treatment foster care that member agencies voluntarily commit to following.  FFTA is assisted by recognized researchers and policy-makers in the fields of child welfare and mental health. www.ffta.org

Palmetto Association for Children and Families
SCYAP is a long-term member of the Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF).  Formally known as the South Carolina Association of Children’s Homes and Family Services, PAFCAF was created in 1986 to unite private child serving agencies and give them a place to exchange ideas, gain knowledge, and work to address issues related to the care giving to children and their families.  PAFCAF promotes the best care possible for children and their families through advocacy, training, and quality improvement initiatives. www.pafcaf.org

South Carolina Youth Worker’s Association
SCYAP encourages individual staff membership in the South Carolina Youth Worker’s Association (SCYWA), which exists as a forum for professionals and other concerned citizens.  SCYWA’s membership includes legislators, professionals and others who have shaped policy in South Carolina over the years, as well as front-line workers and concerned citizens. SCYWA provides professional development as well as advocacy for legislation related to child welfare and children’s policy.  www.scyouthworkers.org

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
SCYAP is a long standing member of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, which has been a trusted resource for local, regional, and national businesses since 1902.  Members of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce have the benefit of coordinated networking and learning opportunities in addition to assistance in navigating the complex issues facing the business community.  The Greater Columbia Chamber works to build a stronger community for both business and for residents. www.columbiachamber.com

Ticket to Dream Foundation
Established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008, Ticket to Dream is dedicated to providing hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. The Ticket to Dream Foundation starts with joining forces with businesses and local communities to ensure foster youth of all ages have the school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes that all children need to thrive.  Ticket to Dream provides and funds enriching life experiences like trips to the zoo, sport team registration and fees, music lessons, and registrations for summer camp, with the understanding that such experiences teach important life skills, create normalcy, friendships and bring joy to childhood. http://tickettodream.org/

Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Since 2016, SCYAP has partnered with the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, which is designed to make a positive impact on the lives of foster children in need by providing both in-kind and monetary contributions to non-profit foster care organizations. Participating Mattress Firm locations hold year-round donation drives to collect clothing, pajamas, shoes, school supplies and holiday gifts and also fundraise at all store locations to help fund essential items foster children.  Annually, the program’s Dollar Drive collects funds to help foster children join in on extracurricular activities, such as music lessons, team sports, dance lessons and summer camp. www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org

Referring Agencies and Public Partners

SCYAP is licensed as a child-placing agency through the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and each of our individual foster homes are licensed by SCDSS to care for children and youth.  We are funded from purchase of service contracts with a wide range of referring agencies, including SCDSS, the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the Governor’s Office Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children (COC), the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN), the State Department of Education (DOE) and local school districts.  In addition, we have a Memorandum of Agreement with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) to provide emergency placements for children who attend this school during the week and for various reasons are unable to return home during scheduled or emergency school closings.

South Carolina Department of Social Services
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
South Carolina Department of Mental Health
South Carolina State Department of Education
The Governor’s Office Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children