Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter Expands Services to Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Columbia, S.C. – Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter recently expanded their services to include Pregnant and Parenting Teens programs in which youth ages 12-21 with their infant(s) and children receive individualized care and ongoing case management. While in care, youth receive the same wraparound services (comprehensive medical and mental healthcare, independent living skills, educational and career-readiness services, and ongoing positive, adult supportive relationships) that the Unaccompanied Youth and Aftercare Program participants receive.

With the inception of their Pregnant and Parenting Teens programs, Palmetto Place can extend their services to help more children in South Carolina who are victims of neglect, abuse and homelessness. On January 23, 2019, Palmetto Place “birthed” its new program for pregnant and parenting teens by welcoming their first mother and new baby girl. “We want our community and Palmetto Place Village to be as excited as we are about our program change,” says Jill Lawson, executive director for Palmetto Place. “We are still the same team, with the same mission. We are just serving more youth.” As their programs have expanded and evolved, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has been reestablished as Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services, which will more accurately reflect growing services to youth in need.

In 2018, Palmetto Place was home to 199 children and young adults. One hundred percent of youth received medical coverage, 31 youth gained employment, 16 youth were placed in permanent, stable housing, and more than 10 youth participated in a continuing education program. Ninety-five percent of the youth participated in extracurricular activities offered by their schools and community partners. The youth at Palmetto Place are able to relinquish despair and hopelessness as they focus on a more promising and stable future.

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., BuyBuy Baby of Columbia will host a baby shower with the public to welcome the new program and new residents of Palmetto Place. For more event details and information on new program initiatives and how to support, please contact or visit

About Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter

Since 1977, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has served youth in South Carolina who have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or homelessness. With two houses and more than 50 beds, Palmetto Place provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for vulnerable children and teens. Providing a safe and nurturing environment, youth have access to a broad range of wraparound services which strengthen their ability to live independently and reach self-sufficiency, in addition to providing personal healing and development.


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