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 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 2018, the Open Arms Children’s Home cared for 44 children.  The average length of stay was 100 days and the average daily attendance was 12 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 Bargain Box and South Carolina Crime Victims Services Division*.

Current needs are:

  • individual wrapped snacks
  • juice boxes
  • paper towels
  • Dove deodorant
  • Dove soap (bar or liquid)
  • Old Spice deodorant
  • Axe Body Spray
  • body lotion
  • hair detangler
  • pajamas for teenagers
  • Forever Stamps
  • gift cards for birthday gifts (Walmart, Amazon, Gamestop)
  • family friendly dvds (G, PG or PG-13)
  • handsoap
  • teen bicycles
  • standard size bed pillows
  • white pillow cases


This project was supported by Federal Formula Grant 2017-VA-GX-0040, awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. department of Justice through the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, coordinates the activities of the following program offices and bureaus: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justices, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. A point of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and does not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.