Partners and Affiliations


Council on Accreditation

SCYAP has been nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for Family Preservation & Stabilization Services (FPS), Foster Care (FC), and Kinship Care Services (KC) since 2002. COA is the accrediting body for behavioral healthcare and human service organizations. Accreditation by COA is valued and formally recognized across the United States. The achievement and maintenance of COA accreditation indicates that SCYAP complies with nationally recognized standards of best practice at all levels of the organization and shows our commitment to excellence, continuous quality improvement, and dependable service delivery.

Family Focused Treatment

Family Focused Treatment Association

SCYAP is a member of the Foster Family Treatment Association (FFTA), a nationally recognized organization of treatment foster care providers established in 1988. FFTA’s membership is composed of agencies throughout North America currently operating treatment foster care programs. FFTA has standards for treatment foster care that member agencies voluntarily commit to following. FFTA is assisted by recognized researchers and policy-makers in the fields of child welfare and mental health.

Palmetto Association

Palmetto Association for Children and Families

SCYAP is a long-term member of the Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF). Formally known as the South Carolina Association of Children’s Homes and Family Services, PAFCAF was created in 1986 to unite private child serving agencies and give them a place to exchange ideas, gain knowledge, and work to address issues related to the care giving to children and their families. PAFCAF promotes the best care possible for children and their families through advocacy, training, and quality improvement initiatives.

Ticket to Dream Foundation

Ticket to Dream Foundation

Established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008, Ticket to Dream is dedicated to providing hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. The Ticket to Dream Foundation starts with joining forces with businesses and local communities to ensure foster youth of all ages have the school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes that all children need to thrive. Ticket to Dream provides and funds enriching life experiences like trips to the zoo, sport team registration and fees, music lessons, and registrations for summer camp, with the understanding that such experiences teach important life skills, create normalcy, friendships and bring joy to childhood.

Mattress Firm for Kids

Mattress Firm Foster Kids

Since 2016, SCYAP has partnered with the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, which is designed to make a positive impact on the lives of foster children in need by providing both in-kind and monetary contributions to non-profit foster care organizations. Participating Mattress Firm locations hold year-round donation drives to collect clothing, pajamas, shoes, school supplies and holiday gifts and also fundraise at all store locations to help fund essential items foster children. Annually, the program’s Dollar Drive collects funds to help foster children join in on extracurricular activities, such as music lessons, team sports, dance lessons and summer camp.

Referring Agencies and Public Partners

SCYAP is licensed as a child-placing agency through the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and each of our individual foster homes are licensed by SCDSS to care for children and youth. We are funded from purchase of service contracts with a wide range of referring agencies, including SCDSS, the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Department of Children’s Advocacy’s Continuum of Care, the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN), the State Department of Education (DOE) and local school districts. In addition, we have a Memorandum of Agreement with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) to provide emergency placements for children who attend this school during the week and for various reasons are unable to return home during scheduled or emergency school closings.

South Carolina Department of Social Services
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
South Carolina Department of Mental Health
South Carolina State Department of Education
South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy Continuum of Care