The Medical Society of South Carolina, through Roper St. Francis Physicians Endowment recently pledged a $500,000 challenge, dollar-for-dollar match, and an additional $500,000 when that goal is met, to The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC) multimillion dollar campaign: $5 Million Above and Beyond: The Campaign to Help Children Soar. A community-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the region’s leading resource to help prevent child abuse, protect abused children, and help heal children and their families, The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center will use the fund raised from the campaign to expand their services to Mount Pleasant.
To-date, the organization has helped more than 26,000 children in Charleston and Berkeley counties.
Research indicates that the center serves an estimated 36 percent of children East of the Cooper affected by abuse. In the Daniel Island and Cainhoy area, only 21 percent of kids are served. The goal of the Above and Beyond campaign is to open a fully operational facility in Mount Pleasant off of Long Point Road – and redesign its existing King Street location in downtown Charleston. The new facility will treat 1,500 kids annually and together with the King Street location, the Center’s specialists will double the number of children served.
DNLCC provides an array of best-practice, no-cost services to children and their families when there is a concern for child abuse or trauma exposure. Their services include:
- Forensic Interviews
- Mental Health Assessments
- Medical Services
- Therapy Services
- Parental Assessments
- Multidisciplinary Case Coordination
Other donations include $1 million from the Rice family and $500,000 from Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group.
“Not since the founding of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center 26 years ago has the Lowcountry seen such an opportunity to transform the treatment of child abuse in our community,” said Dee Norton’s Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Carole C. Swiecicki.
For more information, visit www.deenortoncenter.org.