The Lee County Youth Development Center is uniquely set apart - singular in its design
of offering a broad continuum of services and care for youth and families. Our agency
strives to maintain the highest standards of quality care and innovative practices with
expertise in the areas of prevention, intervention and residential care.
We are a private, not-for-profit, 501 (c3) agency with deep roots in our local community
and an impact which reaches statewide. Founded in 1973 by the late Mrs. Jane C. Walker
and the late Mrs. Cecil D. Moreman, from the beginning this agency was intent on making
an impactful difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable among us.
Our main campus is located in Opelika, Alabama on property donated by the George King family. We
also operate off campus programming which includes Project Uplift - housed on the campus of
Auburn University - our Transitional Living Home, Therapeutic Foster Care homes and Independent
LCYDC is governed by a Board of Directors who represent a broad spectrum of diverse community interests
and specialties. From policies established and endorsed by our Board, the agency's workforce of more
than two hundred full, part-time and contracted employees set about establishing meaningful programming
which meets the evolving needs of those we serve.
For more than forty years LCYDC has been entrusted with the privilege of improving the human condition one
child...one family... and one situation at a time.
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Our Mission Statement:
A place of service
offering hope to children
strengthening our communities.
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