The A.R.C. Residential Program

The A.R.C. Program: Attachment-based Residential Care

Thornwell’s Family-Like Residential program is becoming Thornwell’s A.R.C. Program.

Thornwell’s A.R.C. Program – Attachment-based Residential Care – offers children access to a full spectrum of services dedicated to their long-term healing. We believe in TRANSFORMATIONAL care that addresses the holistic needs of children who have experienced trauma. Children working with Thornwell’s A.R.C. Program come from loving homes with parents and caregivers who are struggling to deal with the long-term impact of their child’s early experiences of abuse and neglect.  

Most families work with our A.R.C. Program for 9-18 months and then receive reunification support from Thornwell’s Building Families In-Home Therapy Program (available in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina). 

Our staff are highly trained to meet the unique needs that children with developmental trauma bring. Many are adoptive parents themselves and understand on a deep level the experiences that adoptive and relative caregiver families have. 

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100% of the children in our program Have experienced developmental trauma, time in foster care, or have been adopted.

Every family has a story, and every story has an "arc"

Parents and caregivers often find Thornwell at the peak of their arc – a time when pain, tension, confusion and feeling helpless to respond to their child’s trauma and resulting behavior can feel overwhelming. That’s why Thornwell developed the A.R.C. program – to partner with families through innovative, cutting-edge residential care that supports the attachment relationship between the child and their family, and work towards healing for the entire family system.

Meeting Your Child's Needs Through Transformative Care

Children and teenagers residing at Thornwell are provided: 

  • On-site individual and group therapy
  • Family therapy with remote/telehealth options available for caregivers
  • On-site psychiatric and medication management services
  • Expressive Therapy programs including Art and Equine (horse-assisted) Therapy
  • Sensory integration and regulation support
  • Enrollment in Thornwell’s on-site Charter School serving grades K-9 children on campus and in the community
  • Laurens County Public Schools and Virtual School are also available for children whose behavioral or educational needs are better served in those settings
  • Personalized after-school tutoring at our on-site Learning Center and Thornwell’s Read Right reading intervention program 
  • Recreational and extracurricular activities
  • Spiritual nurture and support 

Learn More Today

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Each child’s plan of care is individualized to their unique needs. 

We know you have a lot of questions and want to be sure you find a program that will best meet the needs of your child and family. Please reach out today to request more information about Thornwell’s programs. Our Admissions Staff will schedule a brief call with you to share more about our intervention and find out how we might be able to assist your family in finding the help you’ve been looking for.  

The A.R.C. Program Model

Thornwell’s Milieu approach to Attachment-based Residential Care includes family-like homes with specially trained staff, called Teaching Parents, who provide 24/7 care and supervision for children. Our beautiful, historic cottages are located on Thornwell’s 400-acre campus located in the Historic District of Clinton, SC. Each cottage is home to 6-8 children (grouped by age/gender). Thornwell is a nationally accredited residential program through the Teaching-Family Association (TFA) and the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Our cottage life is guided by care that is: 

Children in the program participate in Thornwell’s full continuum of care, uniquely designed to produce lasting change and heal the whole family. 

Evidence-Based Interventions: 

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) is a therapeutic model that equips caregivers with the skills needed to meet the complex needs of children who have experienced abuse/neglect and other forms of developmental trauma. 
  • Teaching-Family Model (TFM) is a philosophy and practice of care and treatment that prioritizes therapeutic relationships with caregivers, called “teaching parents,” as the primary conduit of effective treatment in supportive, family-style settings.
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Families are a key component in our treatment model. We work alongside caregivers to plan for successful reunification of their child and ensure they remain highly involved in their child’s care while they are living outside the home. 

Parents and caregivers can expect to complete “Parent Training” using the TBRI Caregiver Training program. Family therapy is provided, with telehealth options available for families who are not within driving distance of campus. Regular academic/school updates are provided to families, along with opportunities to participate in their child’s educational conferences and Residential Treatment Team meetings.  

Parent visitation on-campus, and child visits home for holidays and important family events are encouraged. As your family works towards your treatment plan goals, we will engage you in developing a transition plan that supports your child’s successful re-entry into life at home. 

We actively work with the whole family system to ensure the best possible outcomes for children!

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