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Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center Unveils Newly Renovated Facility

Summerville, SC - Dorchester County residents celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) on Thursday, March 23rd. The center provides a coordinated and evidence-based response to child abuse that reduces trauma and provides treatment for children and families in a safe, child-focused environment.

DCAC Executive Director Kay Phillips expressed her gratitude to the HDR Foundation and Silent Tears Foundation for providing grants that paid for bathroom renovations and new furnishings. She also thanked several organizations for their generous donations that helped make this renovation a reality.

The renovation project, which began in August of 2022, was approved by the DCAC Board of Directors to better serve the community and ensure that accreditation standards were being met. The facility now features ADA compliant restrooms, expanded and updated therapy offices and group spaces, and child-friendly art and technology areas in the lobby.

During the grand opening ceremony, special guests including Senator Sean M. Bennett, Representative Robby Robbins, and several members of the Dorchester County Council and Summerville Town Council were in attendance. The event kicked off with a joint ribbon-cutting and chamber after-hours event.

"I enjoyed joining with the community to celebrate the newly renovated Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center in Summerville yesterday. Difficult, emotional, important work is performed by these dedicated servants," Senator Sean Bennett stated on his Facebook page.

The DCAC is committed to its vision of creating communities in which children and families live free from abuse and are free to reach their full potential. To learn more about the DCAC and its services, please visit

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