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Thornwell Home for Children: Building Tomorrow’s Families

Thornwell’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, build up and reunite families, and strengthen healthy communities in the name of Jesus Christ.

Thornwell is a non-profit mission organization supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) Synod of South Atlantic (South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida). Headquartered in Clinton, South Carolina, Thornwell offers services in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Thornwell was founded in 1875 as Thornwell Orphanage.  For over 100 years, its primary mission was to provide a loving family-type home for children who had lost their parents or whose parents were unable to care for them. Those children would typically live at Thornwell in cottages with house parents until they reached adulthood. In recent years, the need for a long term home situation has changed, and Thornwell’s role has evolved. Today, there are still children that reside at Thornwell, but typically on a short term basis ranging from a few months to a few years, so that children can recover from trauma and disruptions while their families cope with crisis.

Thornwell is very active in helping to place children in foster homes with loving families, providing child development services, providing educational support that addresses learning gaps, providing family engagement support to teach parents important skills and coping tools to help them build stability in their family, and providing transitional living services to help young people on the verge of adulthood adjust to an independent life outside the foster care system.

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