The expansion of the Strengthening Families Program this fall led to an interesting new partnership in a place where learning is a constant. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, writes about this unique development.
As the Strengthening Families Program grows in South Carolina, so does the outreach to get more men involved in the delivery of the sessions. This strategic push is one way to reach young boys in the program and also get more fathers involved as participants with their families. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered a recent SFP training session that included nine men among the 30 attendees.
An important project begins in Pee Dee elementary schools to combat the effects of adverse childhood experiences across South Carolina. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, details the collaborative effort underway to build stronger families and communities through the efforts of state government, academic and non-profit partners.
With the guidance of Nurse-Family Partnership’s Debbie Brush, Kyleigh Lamb has bounced back from a teen pregnancy to keep her life’s goals in front of her while providing a loving, nurturing home for her young son, Kylen. Neil White and Michael Shirley, who tell the stories of Children’s Trust, spent a day with them earlier this year to see how effective a home visiting program can be.
With South Carolina showing progress in the KIDS COUNT annual rankings, Lakesha Fields, the child well-being coordinator at Children’s Trust, explains what the numbers mean and what can be done to keep improving the lives of children in our state.
Shannon Palm, the Children’s Trust Lipscomb Safe Kids and policy intern, took part in a recent poverty simulation hosted in our organization’s office. She details the difficulties that impoverished families and children in this state experience in their daily lives.
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.
The first summit on adverse childhood experiences in South Carolina took place in early November, as child-serving professionals gathered from across the state to learn more about the Children’s Trust initiative to address these traumatic events that have serious impacts into adult life. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the ACE Summit.
Five of Children’s Trust home visiting partners in the Upstate had the opportunity recently to meet with Dr. David Willis, the director of the Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They discussed the impact of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Neil White and Michael Shirley, who tell the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event at the Mary Black Foundation in Spartanburg.