Children's Recovery Center       |    1801 Legion St |Myrtle Beach, SC 29577     |       843-448-3400

The Children's Recovery Center

of Horry and Georgetown Counties

The Children’s Recovery Center receives referrals from law enforcement agencies and the Department of Social Services in Horry and Georgetown counties.  That's where the process starts.

Once a child is referred to us, the boy or girl will enter a specially designed waiting room where children can't help but relax.  Our canine therapist, Roxie, is often ready to welcome them and deliver her special brand of calming reassurance. Rumor has it that she is our most popular employee, but she's backed by an excellent team of passionate professionals.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

You'll find many professionals to join your team at the Children's Recovery Center


Medical Director
Our own Dr. Carol,  Rahter, founder of the CRC, is specialty trained  in providing forensic medical exams.  A complete head-to-toe physical exam is provided for each child who comes to the CRC.   If necessary, the CRC  will coordinate with other health professionals and refer children for follow-up medical treatment as necessary.   Dr. Carol  has a gift for calming children.  She is patient and gentle, proceeding at the child's pace.  Dr. Carol volunteers all of her time to the CRC.   All forensic medical exams are recorded and saved in case they may useful as court evidence.  Dr. Carol often testifies in court on behalf of the children she sees.  



Children's Advocate

The first person you will have contact with is our awesome Children's Advocate. The  Advocate schedules all appointments and completes the intake process for all new clients.   The Advocate explains in detail the forensic medical exam process and the forensic interview process to children and their caretakers.  The Advocate will help families who come to our center for as long as necessary.  An Advocate may accompany a family to court, help with the complicated legal paperwork, or simply be on the other end of the phone to listen and  refer a family for other services that they may need.  



Forensic Interviewer
Next, the child will meet with a knowledgeable interviewer, who brings a trained ear (and shoulder) to determine what may have happened.  A team comprised of law enforcement, social services, and other professionals can simultaneously (and unobtrusively) view the interview, which is also videotaped. Using this multidisciplinary approach not only reduces the number of times the child has to relive a horrifying event, it also gets everybody on the same page so the key players have a forum for discussion and decision-making.  Our approach has helped increase criminal prosecutions as well as improving the outcomes for young victims of sexual assault. 

Sobering Facts about Child Abuse


  • The Children's Recovery Center assesses about 300 children from Horry and Georgetown counties every year
  • According to national estimates,  one-in-four households is currently dealing with some form of abuse or has one or more members who've survived it.
  • By the time they reach their 18th birthday, one-in-four girls and one-in-six boys will have been sexually abused. 

  • Children with disabilities are 4 times more likely to be victimized than their healthy peers.
  • Sexually abused children range in age from infants to teenagers
  • Victims do not always sustain physical injury, but may experience psychological trauma. They may not be able to tell the whole story all at once.
  • Children often fail to report abuse for fear that disclosure will bring worse consequences than being victimized again. The offender may be someone the victim loves and trusts.
  • Child sexual abuse may include inappropriate kissing, touching, masturbation, oral sex, vaginal or anal contact or penetration, child pornography or prostitution, or exposure to sex and pornographic images.
  • Abuse may be a single incident, or may take place over a period of years.

Welcome to the Children's Recovery Center

The Children's Recovery Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization offering child advocacy center programs in Myrtle Beach, SC. We provide forensic interviews, medical examinations and caring advocacy for children suspected of having suffered sexual abuse.  At the CRC, the child comes first. Our counselors and therapists take every precaution to keep trauma to a minimum and avoid re-victimizing the child during the process of discovery. 

At the CRC, you'll meet Kelly Mason, our Children's Advocate. Kelly  joined our Myrtle Beach staff 10 years ago after working at DSS for many years.  Kelly is  your first contact at the CRC and we call her the "Answer Woman."  If she does not know the answer she will find the answer!


Kelly and her husband Dave are the proud parents of  Zoe, Garrett & Quinn.