CAPA operates a home in Beaufort County that is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year for youth birth to 21 years who’ve been removed from an abusive or neglectful situation. Residents come from Beaufort County as well as Jasper, Hampton, Allendale, and Colleton Counties. Due to a severe lack of suitable foster beds, Open Arms now serves children from across the state.
In 2015, the Open Arms Children’s Home cared for 76 children. The average length of stay was 55 days and the average daily attendance was 11 children.
While children are in the physical custody of CAPA, they are considered wards of the state (Dept. of Social Services). Most residents go into a foster home when they leave our residential home. CAPA’s kids are cared for by qualified trained professionals who focus on increasing the children’s safety skills and helping them to develop trust through numerous educational and recreational programs during their stay. Advocacy, trust and safety are vital for the children who leave us.
OACH is generously supported by the United Way of the Lowcountry, The Bargain Box, and South Carolina Department of Public Safety Victims of Crime funding.
Current needs are:
- individual snacks and juice boxes for snacks and outings
- earbuds for school computers
- Dove/Speed Stick deodorant
- Dove soap (bar or liquid)
- body lotion (unscented)
- bubble ponytail holders
- ziploc bags
- hair detangler
- pajamas for teenagers
- Forever Stamps
- gift cards for birthday gifts (Walmart, Kmart, Gamestop)
- family friendly dvds (G, PG or PG-13)
- toilet paper
- STEM kits