The Basics

Dorchester Children’s Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving abused and neglected children and their families from Dorchester County and parts of Berkeley and Charleston Counties.  Dorchester Children’s Center works in collaboration with law enforcement, DSS, Guardian Ad Litems, Mental Health and other agencies involved in caring for abused and neglected children in our community.

As a child advocacy center we work together with all involved agencies for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.  We work with children who may have experienced any type of abuse or neglect, such as; physical abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect (physical/medical/educational), emotional abuse, drug endangerment, witness to domestic violence, and safety precaution (threat of harm).  With all agencies coming together in one location to investigate the situation it helps prevent further trauma to the child.  

Frequently Asked Questions:


Do you house children at DCC?  No, children do not stay the night at the center.  We conduct forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, trauma therapy and group therapy and they are all done through an appointment.

How much does it cost for a child to be seen at DCC?  No child or family ever pays for the services the staff at DCC provides.  

How many children have you seen?  Since opening our doors in 2003 we have seen over 10,000 children.  In 2015 we saw over 1,200.