Southeastern Children’s Home was started over forty years ago by a group of Christians to provide a place of hope for needy and abused children. The first child care residence was located in Sumter, SC. It has grown over the years and offers a comprehensive scope of services including residential cottages for girls and boys located on the 50 acre campus in Duncan, a transition home for preparation for independent living is located nearby in Lyman, SC, an adoption program, and the Southeastern Counseling Center for individuals, couples, and family counseling is available.
Southeastern Children’s Home and Counseling Center is a Christian-based organization that provides care to needy children and families through group home care, foster care, adoption, maternity care, and counseling.
Southeastern Children’s Home and Counseling Center aspires to become the model Christian-based organization for strengthening children and families in the Carolinas.
- We value a Christ-like acceptance of the children and families we serve – learning to take people as they are, even if we don’t approve of the way they are.
- We value safety and honor the importance of providing a physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe place.
- We value family, doing everything we do for children in the context of a family unit.
- We value discipline, which we define as training, guiding, and praising to promote right actions.
- We value the power of example, because we understand that we lead most powerfully by example rather than words.
- We value compliance with the law, recognizing our Christian responsibility to willingly obey and comply with all civil and spiritual laws.
- We value our historical association with the Church of Christ, and see the salvation of souls as our highest calling and ambition.
- We value stewardship, understanding that we honor God when we make careful and prudent use of the resources He provides.
- We value quality care, which we define as providing for the four-fold development of children and families in our care: Physical, Intellectual, Social, and Spiritual.
Approved by the Board of Directors 5/17/08
It is the policy of Southeastern Children’s Home, Inc. to protect the confidential nature of all information on clients of this agency. No board member, staff member, or volunteer shall directly or indirectly disclose any confidential information, for so long as it shall remain protectable as confidential, except as may be necessary for the performance of his/her duties with Southeastern Children’s Home. “Confidential Information” shall include, but not be limited to, information regarding foster, residential, and references or other information received on foster, residential or applicants to be foster, or residential parents.
Southeastern Children’s Home Policy on Privacy
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Use of Information:
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a. Southeastern Children’s Home takes precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.
b. We do not collect your credit card information. Donations are made through a third party site with safety in place.
c. Our employees who access your information for a specific job (for example, donating or billing) are protected under our confidentiality policy.
d. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
Robert has served as the Executive Director of Southeastern Children’s Home since 1990. He has served as a member and chairman of both the Palmetto Association of Children & Families and the Christian Child & Family Services Association. He also has been a part of the Middle Tyger River Chamber of Commerce.
As an expert in the field of children’s therapy and family dynamics, Robert oversees the day-to-day functions of Southeastern Children’s Home and Southeastern Counseling Center. Robert is a licensed professional counselor, counselor supervisor and adoption investigator.
He loves to spend his time vacationing with his four grandchildren and fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Philip has served as the Development Director for Southeastern Children’s Home since 2010. He’s a licensed attorney. In addition to overseeing the fundraising branch of Southeastern Children’s Home, Philip uses his legal experience to help children and families with their adoptive needs. Before coming to SECH, he served as a vocational missionary in the South Pacific for four years.
Philip enjoys speaking to organizations, churches and individuals about what’s taking place at Southeastern Children’s Home.
In his free time, when he’s not cheering on his beloved Gamecocks, he enjoys playing and coaching basketball and volleyball.
Vicki began working as the Director of Residential Services for Southeastern Children’s Home in 2008. At one point, she served as a houseparent, case manager, and has since become a licensed therapist. She holds a M.A. in Counseling from Webster University.
In addition to managing our houseparents and case managers, Vicki will often spend additional time counseling women and families after normal working business hours.
Vicki and her husband Mark love to spend time cruising around the Caribbean or working in live theatre productions.
Alison is our part-time Case Manager for several of our young ladies from the Lyman and Senn cottages.
Originally from New Mexico, after earning a Master’s degree in Social Work, Alison moved to South Carolina to be closer to family.
Outside of work, when’s she’s not corralling her two young children, Alison enjoys singing, reading Nicholas Sparks’ novels, and participating in 5k or half marathon races.
Matt is our newest member of our Southeastern Children’s Home family. Matt comes to SECH after working for three years in full-time ministry. Prior to that Matt worked for 5 years on the direct care side at another group home in SC.
Matt serves as our full-time Case Manager. He is the case manager for the majority of the boys in the Smith Cottage as well as some of our girls from Senn Cottage and Lyman House. Matt is married to Katie and they have two children, Emma and Noah.
Christy is affectionately known as “Mrs. Claus” to all of our children at Southeastern Children’s Home. She is our most versatile staff member. In addition to coordinating Christmas gifts for all of our children, Christy manages all of our special events throughout the year (Auction, Golf Tournament, Yard Sale, Family Fun Day, ASK event, etc.). If you’re not currently friends with Christy, just spend two minutes around her and you’ll feel like long-time pals.
When Christy is not at work, she can often be found in a deer stand or dreaming about her next trip to the deer stand.
- Smith Cottage for boys houseparents: Steve and Cindy Davis
- Senn Cottage for girls houseparents: Bryan and Rebecca Caroon
- Lyman House for girls houseparents: Paul and Cindy Nicholson
- Relief Houseparent: Shirley Duke
- Campus Minister: JD Morris
Chip Holton – Chairperson. Lexington, SC.
Jim Cain – Vice Chairperson. Simpsonville, SC.
Scott Melton – Treasurer. Moore, SC.
Eric Bitting – Secretary. Rock Hill, SC.
Dr. Jim Alston. Hodges, SC.
Bill Fitzpatrick. Etowah, NC.
Dr. George Glenn. Moore, SC.
Ted Gantt. Aiken, SC.
Larry Salley. Charleston, SC.
Wanda Williams. Simpsonville, SC.
Jacqueline Winston. Lexington, SC.
Tracy VanHamme. Fort Mill, SC.
Joseph Manning, Emeritus Board Member
Herb Smith, Emeritus Board Member