Are you in need of a loving “home away from home” for your child or family member? Consider our residential care program at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. We accept referrals from any concerned person who knows of a child in need of a safe, stable, Christian environment. Our children attend school and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular school activities. Education is important, and through a partnership with our local school systems, we have teachers available on campus to tutor children and help improve their academic performance. In addition to counseling, emotional and spiritual support, our children learn other life-skills, such as good work habits and money management.
While all this is important, we know that sometimes kids just need to be kids. That is why we offer an abundance of enrichment activities, such as organized sports, an equestrian program, arts and crafts, summer swimming, bike riding, and other activities.
Also, Connie Maxwell’s Adventure-Based Counseling program uses physical and mental challenges in an outdoor setting to build group communication and problem-solving skills as well as individual confidence. Many organizations, schools, and businesses have used the course.
In order to equip our children with the best possible chance for success, our care doesn’t end when our students graduate! Through the generosity of caring individuals and alumni, there are a number of support funds available to our high school graduates that are transitioning to independent living from Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. These can be applied towards continuing education costs, housing, transportation, insurance, and other living expenses.
At A GLANCE:
Children live in roomy, family-style homes with live-in staff
Children attend school and participate in extracurricular activities
Homework center and tutoring by local teachers is available
Intensive programs are offered to strengthen the relationship between child and family
A Comprehensive Care Plan is established with each family
Each child receives Independent Living training beginning at age 13
Can accommodate school-aged children
We are a Level 1 (Low Management) care facility
What to expect when you call
If you are interested in learning more about our residential care program, we encourage you to give us a call. We will schedule a consultation on our Greenwood campus, or one of our satellite locations. Our family service workers will assist you through every step of the application process and answer any questions about our program. While any concerned citizen or family member can send us referrals, applications can only be accepted from a parent or legal custodian that is a South Carolina resident.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. If I place my child with Connie Maxwell, will you make a report to DSS?
We are not connected to DSS and we don't report parents just because they place their child with us. 2. When a child is placed with Connie Maxwell, do parents lose custody to Connie Maxwell or DSS?
No, we do not take custody of or involve DSS with the children placed in our care. 3. Do parents lose their right to make decisions about their children, including when they are discharged back home?
Parents are included in decision making for their children and they can decide when they are discharged unless Connie Maxwell decides to discharge the child for safety or behavioral reasons. 4. What things do we consider when deciding whether or not to place a child?
We have to consider the safety of the children already in the cottage
Our cottages are family-like and we accept children who can function in a home environment.
We want children to be able to attend school.
Willingness to be placed on the youth's part is a factor.
5. Are most of the children there because they have been in trouble?
No, children at Connie Maxwell are not placed with us because of “bad” behavior. 6. Why are children placed at Connie Maxwell?
Most of our children are placed by their families who, for whatever reason, aren’t able to care for their children at the time. Grandparents having difficulty (financially, health issues, physical ability) raising their grandchildren, or providing assistance with disrupted adoptions. 7. Is there any cost to the parents if their child is placed at Connie Maxwell?
No, the parents do not have to pay for the child to be placed here. 8. If a child is placed at Connie Maxwell, can parents call and visit with them?
Yes, parents can call their children often at the cottage and can schedule weekend home visits. Visits may need to the arranged around activities (sports, trips, etc.) the children are involved in with the cottage or school. 9. How long does a child have to stay when they are placed?
There are two different programs that can place a child. The Crisis Program can accept children quickly and the child can stay from 1 to 90 days depending on the needs of the family. Our residential program focuses on longer-term placements. A child can remain in that program as long as their situation requires, even through high school graduation and beyond.