THE LEE COUNTY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER (LCYDC) is a private, non-profit (501 c3)
agency which has been serving the needs of those who are most vulnerable among us
for more than forty years. Founded in 1973 by two tireless committed community
leaders- the late Mrs. Jane C. Walker and the late Mrs. Cecil D. Moremand- this
agency began operating in response to a growing need for residential care services
for children and adolescents who were abused, neglected and dependent. During the
past four decades, LCYDC has expanded our scope of service to include preventative outreach
care, community-based interventions and home based therapeutic foster care programming.
The main campus of the agency is located on 18 acres in Opelika, Alabama, on property
donated by the George King Family. Campus Residential programs include Correctional
and Transitional Service Programs, The Chanticleer Learning Center, Outreach Services,
The Psychological Services Clinic and Central Administration.
Off-site satellite locations include the Project Uplift office which is located
on the campus of Auburn University, our Transitional Living
Home, and our Independent Living Apartments.
As the only social service agency providing a comprehensive continuum of care for
youth and families in this region of the state, Lee County Youth Development Center
strives to maintain the highest standards of quality care, innovative prevention
and treatment programming, and a team of qualified, motivated and committed employees.
The agency employs a staff of approximately 200 full-time and part-time employees
and additional contracted professional staff.
LCYDC is governed by a highly committed board of directors. Our directors and advisors
represent a broad spectrum of diverse community specialities and interests with
a central focus to establish policies which are in the very best interests of children,
families, and our agency. The agency's management team implements board policy while
remaining attune to emerging human service practices and the evolving needs of clients,
referring workers and agency partners.
It is our priviledge to serve and to improve the human condition one child, one
family, and one situation at a time.
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Our Mission Statement:
A place for change...
Offering rays of hope for children and families...
Strengthening our community.
Our Core Values:
Building and valuing a committed, compassionate and enthusiastic team.
Honoring tradition while inviting and embracing diversity, change and growth.
Providing a comprehensive range of service designed to improve the quality of life
for children, families and our community.
The Lee County Youth Development Center supports, affirms, and expects all agents
of LCYDC to adhere to the principles outlined in the National Assocation of Homes
for Children's Code of Ethics which reads as follows:
We will protect children in our care from abuse or maltreatment, experimentation,
economic exploitation, malnutrition and unsafe environments; and shall bring to
account adults who thwart that purpose.
We will utilize fully our professional skills in striving to obtain for each child
the permanence of a family life.
We will obtain or provide for children who are physically or mentally ill the best
therapeutic care available to us.
We will provide every opportunity for children to learn and develop whatever talents
they may possess.
We will accord children in our care full respsect as individuals, the full rights
guaranteed all citizens of the United States, while teaching them to respect the
rights of others.
We will respect the uniqueness of each child's race, culture and religion while
attempting to instill a sense of self-worth, individuality, and the responsibilities
as well as the privileges of citizenship.
We will nurture in each child the spiritual ethic appropriate to his background
and religious heritage
We will serve only those children for whom our service is appropriate and will plan
carefully and realistically with, and for each child and, when available, with the
family of each child.
We will strive to enhance the talents, techniques and compassion of adults in our
We will use our knowledge and influence, as advocates for children, to improve social
conditions and develop resources beneficial to children to the strengthening of
American family life.
We will review constantly our services for relevance and effectiveness and shall
strive to provide soceity and the community with child care services appropriate
to their needs.
We will represent our services and intentions honestly and openly.
Copyright 1976 by NAHC
Reproduced with permission of
Alliance for Families & Children
Formally endorsed and Adopted by
LCYDC Board of Directors, October 2002