Durant Children's Center
The House Where Healing Begins
The Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children’s Center was established in 1994 as the 2nd children’s advocacy center in South Carolina. Known as “The House Where the Healing Begins,” the assessment and treatment center for suspected cases of child abuse and neglect was named by Mr. Joe B. Durant of Florence in memory of his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant, a well-known teacher who had a great affinity for children.
Mr. Durant, a Florence area philanthropist, enabled the Pee Dee Coalition to purchase the facility, which continues in use today.
Prevent Child Abuse Pee Dee is a program dedicated to reducing and preventing child abuse and neglect within the Pee Dee Region. The process of reducing and preventing child abuse in our families and communities must begin with education.
In the event of child abuse, there are Durant Children’s Center various on-site services provided by the Department of Social Services, Law Enforcement, Solicitor’s Office, Medical and Mental Health Professionals, and Victim Advocates. The center provides the following services:
24-hour crisis intervention
Community education and training
Accredited by the National Children's Alliance
We have three locations within the State of South Carolina's Pee Dee Region to serve families in need.
Florence - Hartsville - Sumter
Durant Children’s Center- 12th Judicial Circuit
226 S. Irby Street, Florence
Durant Children’s Center- 3rd Circuit Satellite
411 N. Salem Avenue, Sumter
Durant Children’s Center- 4th Circuit Satellite
510 W. Carolina Avenue, Hartsville
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