A new community partner has joined us in the Lowcountry, South Carolina (SC). Florence Crittenton Programs of SC provides safe housing, medical care, education, and other services to pregnant, parenting, and young women in foster care.

Starting in January 2023, Florence Crittenton will be offering the L.Y.G.H.T. Program to teens and young adults to address the loss and grief needs of the youth in their care. This program will be offered by trained staff at Florence Crittenton and in collaboration with their community partner, Carolina Youth Development Center.

According to Cheryl O’Donnell, Executive Director of Florence Crittenton Programs of SC, “1 in 10 youth experienced the death of a parent or sibling before they reached the age of 18. Others have little or no relationship with a parent due to incarceration, foster care, out-of-home placement, or running away from home. Some may be grieving the loss of their own child.”

A heartfelt thank you to Florence Crittenton and all our L.Y.G.H.T. community sites and facilitators who continue to support teens and young adults through their loss and grief.