Epworth Children's Home

Epworth Children’s Home
2900 Millwood Ave
Columbia SC 29205

Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing

The experience and knowledge gained through Epworth’s 120-year ministry has enabled us to see firsthand emerging changes in the landscape of child welfare. This perspective helps us plan and evolve to effectively to meet the needs of children and families in South Carolina.  Our Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing addresses some of the most pressing child welfare and family needs.

The Institute is comprised of multiple centers of excellence that address various needs in our state. It is headquartered on the Epworth’s Trenholm Road campus, (he former campus of Carolina Children’s Home in Columbia).  In cooperation with the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty, and other partners, the Institute serves cities and communities across South Carolina.

Centers of Excellence Working Together

The Institute is designed to meet immediate needs in South Carolina.  Its Centers of Excellence include:

  • The Center for Family Engagement 
    Recruits, licenses, trains, and supports strong foster families.  Supports kin caregivers and biological and adoptive families in need.  (Locations in the Midlands, Lowcountry, Upstate, Rock Hill, Pee Dee and Hilton Head.)
  • The Center for Independent Living
    Offers an array of supportive residential services for young people who have aged out of the foster care system or come from other challenging situations.
  • The Epworth Center for Counseling
    Helps children, teens and adults overcome the effects of grief, loss, and trauma.
  • The Epworth Family Care Center
    Provides for mothers and children during recovery from substance dependency, enabling families to remain together.
  • The Epworth Early Intervention Center
    Serves preschool age children with developmental delays through an on-campus and community-based components; includes a three-hours-a-day preschool and resource center, and in-home services for children with developmental delays and their parents. 
  • The Center for Family Empowerment
    Works in cooperation with community agencies and organizations across the state to foster family stability and positive family relationships.

Epworth plans to roll-out additional services as needs are identified and resources are secured. Epworth will continue to strengthen its residential programs while serving children, youth and families across the state in innovative new ways.

  • The Center for Continuing Education
    Coordinate and offer training and continuing education for practitioners and professionals working in the child and family welfare arena.
  • The Center for Social Enterprise
    Partner with other organizations to give Epworth clients opportunities to learn positive work practices and enable clients to experience hands-on entrepreneurial experiences. (Project #1: Epworth Ice Cream)