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Stay connected through the SCYAP Blog. Your source for knowledge, support, and guidance for your work with children experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges.
By Donna on 10/9/2015 3:45 PM
This Director's Note written by Josh Caughman was featured in our latest Community-Based Services newsletter. Although, this letter was directed at our Advocates, we felt like his words would resonate with the rest of the SCYAP Family.

Dear Advocates,

Our wonderful state of South Carolina has seen disaster this week that is unprecedented for us. Many of our homes and communities will never be the same.The loss is difficult to even comprehend at times. Please know that all those affected by this disaster are in our thoughts and prayers. While we are grieving significant loss, we also have seen an unbelievable response of love,sacrifice, and courage...

By Donna on 9/1/2015 9:57 AM


A Silver Jubliee

By Melanie Taylor, Charleston Regional Director

July 30th was another day in the service of youth and families across this state for SCYAP. It was a day without fanfare, but significant in that July 30th marked the 25th anniversary of my association with SCYAP. 25 years, a quarter century of SCYAP service, a silver anniversary, a cause for a silver jubilee...


By Donna on 8/31/2015 8:46 AM
One day this summer a youth from the Midlands Region went to work thinking it was just an ordinary day. This young lady had recently graduated from high school and made plans to attend Midlands Tech in the fall. During her summer employment doing sales, one of her clients happened to be the Vice President of SC State University in Orangeburg, SC.  The Vice President spoke with our youth about the university and saw a great deal of potential in this young lady.  

It wasn’t long before this chance encounter resulted in a life-changing opportunity for this youth...

By Donna on 7/6/2015 10:25 AM

Through the giving of love, time, and patience, Therapeutic Foster Parents make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Learn more about SCYAP's TFC Program and how to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent through our brand new guide called Discover Therapeutic Foster Parenting.

By Donna on 4/30/2015 3:16 PM


The month of May is a time to recognize the hard work and heart work of foster parents, child service professionals, volunteers, policymakers, and other members of the community who make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. During National Foster Care Month, we encourage all community members to participate in efforts to raise awareness about Therapeutic Foster Care and celebrate all those who serve these children throughout the year.

There are several ways to help raise awareness for National Foster Care Month and begin that first step of change in a child’s life. Use our free tools...

By Donna on 4/14/2015 3:46 PM

The Therapeutic Foster Parents of SCYAP share with us why they became foster parents, their advice for new foster parents, what they think is the hardest part about fostering, as well as a favorite memory with a child in their care...

By Donna on 4/1/2015 12:20 PM


Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

At SCYAP, we believe a home should be a safe and nurturing environment where each child can grow to his or her fullest potential. Unfortunately, however, many children in our state and nation have experienced or at risk of experiencing abuse and/or neglect. Latest figures from the South Carolina Department of Social Services show that in 2013 there were almost 30,000 reports of child abuse and/or neglect made. Even 1 report is 1 too many!

Join the 7.3 million people committed to...

By Donna on 3/18/2015 9:16 AM
To help parents and caregivers of children and youth who have experienced maltreatment–from abuse and neglect to sexual abuse or other trauma – ACF/DHHS Child Welfare Information Gateway has created a series of fact sheets for parents explaining how children are affected by maltreatment and how parents can help children recover.


By Donna on 3/4/2015 4:23 PM

But, It Was All a Dream


I knew I was just a dumb girl.

I thought I wasn't a dumb mistake.

But, I am.


By Donna on 1/30/2015 2:10 PM
Many young people in the foster care system are lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). Chances are if you are a foster parent, caseworker, advocate, or agency staff member,you have either worked directly with a LGBT youth or know someone who has.These youth are constantly facing...