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   Offering a continuum of services to meet the needs of children & families in our community through the ongoing support of organizations like The Sertoma Club of Charleston, several local churches, and caring individuals in our community, Windwood Family Services is paving the way for children to recover from abuse and neglect and for families to recover from roadblocks that are preventing them from maintaining safe, secure and loving homes.

Through their support and a shared passion for our mission, The Sertoma Club of Charleston’s charitable donations have given us the ability to help more children by maintaining best practice standards, to provide ongoing training and education to our staff, and to maintain our beautiful campus and outreach center. Windwood is at war with the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect, and we use every resource at our disposal to stand in the gap between heartbreak and hope.

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Our Residential Treatment  Program:  Windwood Farm Home for Children

Help, Hope, Healing.  That is what goes on every day on our beautiful 110-acre residential campus in Awendaw. The natural beauty and surroundings of our campus with its access to the Wando River offer a safe haven for every boy who comes to live with us. Fishing ponds, nature trails, a wide variety of animals, a fitness trail and obstacle course, along with our challenge course and an on-campus education center keep our boys’ lives busy from morning until night.

We offer our boys a well-rounded lifestyle. As time goes on and as trust levels build, the daily nightmares turn into dreams for the future, low self-esteem turns into confidence and self-worth, and the fear of failure turns into reaching for the stars. When boys graduate from our program they are ready to accept life’s challenges. Their spiritual life is firmly set, scholastic achievement becomes the norm, and positive loving family values are spread out among those who will be in the child’s circle of influence. We offer a unique approach to the healing process; therapies geared to increase problem solving, anger management, and frustration tolerance.  Each building block increases the child’s ability to achieve a successful completion of our program.         

Residential Treatment Referrals: Alicia Hinson 884-5342×222 or 

Our Outpatient and School-Based Services:  Individual and Family Therapy is provided in our outpatient clinic at 900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 110 in Mount Pleasant and at school programs in Charleston County. Family therapy sessions work to establish age-appropriate roles and develop family rituals, to decrease stress and increase communication, to establish boundaries and to set the standard for acceptable family behaviors.

Children as young as two can benefit from our Parent Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT as it is commonly called; and children of all ages benefit from the individual sessions offered by our independently licensed therapists who specialize in helping children overcome depression, anxiety, school fears, social phobias, in anger management, and in developing positive social skills that will assist them in becoming well-adjusted children and teens.
Referrals to our out-patient clinic can be made by calling 843-884-0025  

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Our Community-Based Prevention Services:   This in-home visitation & outreach program works with families in the privacy of their homes to increase parental capabilities and to decrease the risk of child abuse & neglect occurring during stressful times in the family’s life. The goals of this program are to: Aid in securing a safe, healthy, nurturing environment where children are loved and respected by their primary caregivers. Provide in-home interventions that empower families with the resources they need to become self-sufficient in their daily lives! Educate families to navigate the social service system, and connect them with medical care options, counseling, job training, child care, & parenting education classes that are available to them.

How  You Can Help Us          

Our team would enjoy speaking with you or your organization about individual donations, event sponsorship, volunteer options & workplace giving.  We always appreciate the opportunity to  develop partnerships with civic and  faith-based organizations too!

To learn more about how your  donations can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve contact Debbie McKelvey at 843-991-0681 or

Interested in volunteering at fund raising events or participating in a work day?  We will set it up for you. Contact Meg Leisey at 843-884-0025 x224 or  843- 607-6037 or email:

Each year our  programs touch over 1500 children and families. Tell your family and friends about the work we do to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Share your  experiences with us through  the social media outlets that you use.  Become our friend on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 The Need for Abuse and Neglect Support in Our Community is Crucial!
With over 17,000 cases of child abuse or neglect reported annually, South Carolina ranks 45th among other states in our ability to ensure child well-being.

  • A child is reported abused or neglected in the U.S. every 10 seconds.
  • 1 in 5 children will be abused or neglected by the time they reach 18.
  • 2 of 3 teen mothers were abused as children.
  • 2 of 3 adults with substance abuse problems were abused as children.
  • Children who are abused are twice as likely to be arrested for violent crime as an adult.

For anyone who questions whether or not miracles happen, I invite you to come visit us. At Windwood Farm, miracles happen every day!  The smiles on the faces of children who have overcome exposure to horrific living situations, extreme abuse and neglect, substance abuse, or physical cruelty tell a compelling story. Our boys are living proof that lives can be changed, that character can be built, and that success lies at the feet of those who embrace the tools offered to them to move forward. Over the past 29 years, over 500 boys have called Windwood Farm their home.

Want to find out what we’re all about? Come out for a tour of our campus where you can feel the healing atmosphere. Call Meg Leisey, our Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator at 843-607-6037 or Callie Vanderbilt our Director of PR, Marketing, & Special Events @ 843-884-5342 x229. They can fill you in on all the exciting opportunities that are available for you. We can’t do it alone; we need your support to make our community a better place for children and families. If you are interested in providing us with hands-on support, join us for one of our Work with Windwood Days. You will meet new friends, forge long-lasting relationships, and walk away at the end of the day filled with a sense of accomplishment and belonging.