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Programs A.R.C. Residential Program

A.R.C. Residential Program

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

Thornwell’s A.R.C. program 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 ARC Program may be placed by State agencies (such as Department of Social Services). Help is also sought privately by loving parents and caregivers who are struggling to deal with the long-term impact of their child’s early experiences of abuse and neglect, or those experiencing adoption related issues.

Most children and 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 is 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.

If you’re ready to feel confident that you are meeting your child’s needs in the best way possible, we’d love to talk with you!

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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.

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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. Schedule a free consultation today to get started.

We'll get to know your child's unique needs.

Our Admissions Staff will talk with you about our intervention and find out how we might be able to assist your family in finding the help you’ve been looking for.

We’ll work together to implement a plan that works.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Each child’s plan of care is individualized to their unique needs. We will determine program fees based on individual circumstances. Family financial assistance is available.

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, Drama 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

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 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.

Our program model uses an evidence-based intervention called Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), 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.

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.

Families are a key component in our treatment model.

We work alongside caregivers to plan for the 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.

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

“I’m just looking around the table and all of these people who are here to help my son, and me, and I feel like I’m not alone anymore.”

A.R.C. Residential Program Parent

“There was no judgment at all. It can be very intimidating to let someone in your house to see all of your flaws. She [family specialist] loved us for who we are. She met us where we were.”

Building Families Participant, Atlanta, GA

“As a mom, I feel so much more confident because I’ve had somebody in the trenches with me… alongside me.”

Building Families Participant, Greenville, SC

“I just enjoyed it so much. There was so much love, and the teachers were so patient, so respectful, and so encouraging. It is hard to try and find people to encourage you in life. Sometimes you feel all by yourself, not knowing that there are people that love you and care about you. Strengthening Families truly blessed my soul.”

Glenda, Strengthening Families Graduate

“I had support in people I knew who cared about me and that just gave me an extra boost of motivation. It was just the motivation and the people caring.  I think that’s what really set it off.”

Tanisha, a Thornwell Alumna
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