The Family Care Center (FCC) provides a safe living environment where parents and children can develop healthy family dynamics and learn productive skills that enhance both the quality of life and enduring family stability. The FCC is designed to prevent the involuntary removal of children from their families in cases where substance use is the primary indicator of family disruption.
Children who are placed at Epworth in the Family Care Center are not considered to be placed in a group home. Children and mothers have the dual advantages of not being separated from one another, and receive the needed structure and individually designed services that a quality group home can provide. The Epworth FCC is the only program of its kind in South Carolina.
Mothers and their children live together in the FCC Cottage on Epworth’s campus and receive treatment as a whole family. Issues of addiction, abuse, neglect, trauma, parenting skills and child development are addressed through counseling, education and training. The philosophy of care is to link experienced residential care providers with community-based alcohol and drug treatment providers. Addiction treatment programs are contracted with the Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. The goal is to provide holistic service to the family unit that result in more successful recoveries and reunifications.
Family Eligibility and Referral
To determine eligibility the client must meet the following admission criteria:
- The mother must be referred by DSS with the intent that her child(ren) will live with her at the Midlands Family Care Center and receive family counseling services.
- The mother’s behavior of abusing legal or illegal substances is the primary risk factor contributing to the potential removal of child(ren) from the home and placement in foster care.
- The mother must be willing to sign a Voluntary Placement Agreement for children with the Department of Social Services.
- The mother must be at least 18 years of age.
- The mother is willing to adhere to program rules and guidelines.