Strong Families and Safe Kids

Reaching Out to Strengthen Hispanic Families

SAFY of Greenville recently hosted a graduation of nine Spanish-speaking families from the Strengthening Families Program (SFP). Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event.

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Thornwell Works to Strengthen Families in Laurens County

As Children’s Trust continues its expansion of the Strengthening Families Program across the state, the organization found a strong partner for Laurens County in Thornwell Home for Children. Neil White and Michael Shirley, who tell the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the recent SFP graduation ceremony on the Clinton campus.

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Community Leaders Stand Behind Merits of Strengthening Families Program

Two prominent Richland County community leaders spoke to the parents and children at a recent Strengthening Families Program graduation. They commended the participants for their commitment to be stronger through this nationally-recognized program. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event.

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Lessons of Safe Sleep Important for Infants

Children’s Trust hosted its Statewide Safe Sleep Training in June for 150 child-serving professionals. Maura Hanke and Gary Hanke headlined the event, which featured guest experts from state agencies, county government, and community organizations. They provided education around recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on safe sleep that can be used directly with families and caregivers in order to reduce the number of infant deaths in South Carolina from unsafe sleep environments. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event.

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Making Progress for Our State’s Children

Sue Williams

Children’s Trust CEO Sue Williams had this editorial published June 28 in The State. It explains how child advocates must keep working hard to implement proven prevention programs in order to continue the progress South Carolina has made in recent years in the KIDS COUNT national rankings on child well-being.

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Parents On Point Launches in Horry County

A new program called Parents On Point has launched in Horry County to support pregnant and parenting teens and young adults. Neil White, who tells the stories for Children’s Trust, covered the news conference announcing the partnership.

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Back-to-School Safety Tips

As children across the Palmetto State make their way back to school this week, Safe Kids South Carolina manager Heidi Aakjer takes a look at six important areas for parents and their kids to understand when it comes to navigating their school days.

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Every Kid Needs a Family: A South Carolina Perspective


Sharing her perspectives on recent KIDS COUNT report, Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D., M.S.W., discusses challenges for foster and kinship families in South Carolina.  Cooper-Lewter is senior research director for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, researching issues faced by families experiencing poverty and engaging statewide audiences through Listening Sessions. International orphanage and foster care alumni, she leads the Foundation’s Kinship Care Initiative to build support for children in the child welfare continuum. A first generation immigrant, she also directs the Foundation’s Immigrant Families Initiative focused on strengthening services for immigrants. She also guides the Foundation’s diversity and inclusion work.

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