Durant Children's Center
a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)
The Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children’s Center (DCC) was established in 1994 as the 2nd children’s advocacy center in South Carolina. Known as “The House Where the Healing Begins,” the assessment and treatment center for suspected cases of child abuse and neglect was named by Mr. Joe B. Durant of Florence in memory of his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant, a well-known teacher who had a great affinity for children. Durant Children's Center is nationally accredited by the National Children's Alliance.
In the event of child abuse, there are Durant Children’s Center various on-site services provided by the Department of Social Services, Law Enforcement, Solicitor’s Office, Medical and Mental Health Professionals, and Victim Advocates. The center provides the following services:
24-hour Crisis Intervention
Medical Examinations, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Individual and Group Counseling
Military Partnership Program
Community Education and Training
Satellite Centers are located in Florence, Hartsville, and Sumter counties.
Clinical forensic interviews conducted by certified forensic interviewers specifically trained to work with children and adolescents
MEDICAL EVALUATION AND TREATMENT
Forensic medical examinations and treatment
Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (PSANE)
Multidisciplinary advocacy for child and adolescent victims of
physical and sexual abuse
Children and families are supported through the investigative process with referrals and follow-ups.
Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
What Is A CAC?
A children’s advocacy center is the ONE place that provides a safe, child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals may share information and develop effective, coordinated strategies sensitive to the needs of each unique case and child.
A video that explains to children what they may experience when they visit Durant Children's Center.