Child Abuse Prevention

The Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club supports Child Abuse Prevention organizations that help prevent Child Abuse in all its’ forms. The focus is on those children who reside on Johns Island, but the organizations may serve many other children as well.

Child Abuse Prevention is one of the pillars of the National Exchange Club and all clubs support organizations and activities that they feel meet this pillar.

The Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club’s currently provides support to three local organizations.

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Lowcountry Orphans Relief (LOR)

The Exchange Club support of the Dee Norton Childrens Center is to help continue their program of assisting children who had been abused in some manner. They are partnered with MUSC doctors and Department of Social Services and other local agencies to work with those children who have been identified as needing help by a social worker, police or a parent in a cooperative manner in order to limit the number of times a child has to be interviewed or examined by a physician. They work with identified families and have an exemplarily program to help abused children.   These services are provided under one roof, so children and families do not to need to go to multiple providers.

A grant to Lowcountry Orphan Relief( LOR) is intended to help continue their work supplying clothing to children who had suddenly been taken from their homes and placed in foster care. The clothes are mostly donated and are sorted and organized for distribution at their headquarters. They also purchase new socks and underwear for the children. The organization also maintains “Just in Case” closets in low income schools that are stocked with emergency clothing for children who come to school needing appropriate clothing.

Florence Crittenton is another grant recipient that provides a program for unwed mothers who are low income and need a safe place to live while pregnant. While living at the home they receive medical care, go to school to get their GED and learn parenting skills so they will become good mothers to their children. These women (aged 11-21) are also given follow up care after the birth of their babies.

Below are the links to these Child Abuse Prevention organizations receiving Exchange Club grants for 2017-2018

Low Country Orphan Relief – [lowcountryorphanrelief.org]

Dee Norton (Lowcountry Childrens Center) – [https://www.dnlcc.org]

Florence Crittenton [http://florencecrittentonsc.org]

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