Community Support for Young Parents

Parents have an opportunity to make positive short-term choices that can positively impact their families in the long-term. The Community Supports for Young Parents program specifically targets young parents, who either have children or who are currently pregnant, at a very pivotal time in their lives and in the lives of their young children.

The program has very specific goals for educational attainment, family planning, parenting and access to services.

  • Increase the educational attainment of South Carolina young parents – mothers and fathers
  • Reduce the number of repeat teen pregnancies and births among South Carolina teens
  • Improve parenting skills, ensuring that children are well-cared for
  • Increase the quality, quantity and awareness of services for young parents

Programs in South Carolina

Parents are First

  • Implementing Agency: Darlington County First Steps
  • About Darlington County First Steps: They focus on family strengthening and providing high quality services designed to support families and their young children in reaching their full potential. It provides educational to health to childcare to parenting services, with the goal to strengthen families and increase the probability of success for both parents and children.
  • Local Program Partners: CareSouth Carolina, Darlington County Community Action Agency Head Start, Darlington County School District – Office of Adult Education, Hartsville Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • County served: Darlington
  • Contact: Ashley Holman,, 843-857-3148
  • Darlington County First Steps

Parenting Teen Partnership

  • Implementing Agency: United Way of the Midlands
  • About United Way of the Midlands: They work to determine and respond to the critical human service needs of the community. It develops partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, community leaders and individuals to educate them of the conditions in the areas they serve. United Way works to provide the programs and resources through its partner agencies to improve the quality of life in the Midlands counties.
  • Local Program Partners: Benedict College, Brookland, Baptist Church, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, March of Dimes, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition,  Mothers of Black Boys, The Nurturing Center, Palmetto Health, Pressley House, Richland School District One, Richland School District Two, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, South Carolina Contraceptive Access Campaign/Advocates for Youth
  • County served: Richland
  • Contact: Dwiyana Hill,, 803-755-4673

Adolescent Family Life

  • Implementing Agency: Mary Black Foundation
  • About Mary Black Foundation: They focus on investing in people and communities for improved health, wellness and success. The foundation is an independent grant making organization with staff and tools in place to manage funds and implement programs. It has a history of bringing the community together to work for a common goal.
  • Local Program Partners: Middle Tyger, Community Center, Spartanburg School Districts 1 – 7, Upstate Family Resource Center, The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, West Gate Family Therapy Institute
  • County served: Spartanburg
  • Contact: Tina Gaudiano,, 843-439-7760
  • Middle Tyger Community Center

Parent’s on Point

  • Implementing Agency: A Father’s Place
  • About A Father’s Place: They are a division of the South Carolina Center for Father’s and Families and is located in Horry County, serving the Waccamaw region. Their sole mission is to help fathers overcome the barriers to being responsible and involved father.
  • Local Program Partners: A Father’s Place, Carolina Human Reinvestment, Family Outreach of Horry County, Healthcare Partners of South Carolina, Horry County Adult Education, Horry County Schools, Little River Medical Center, Sea Haven.
  • Fiscal Partner - Coastal Carolina Community Foundation
  • County served: Horry
  • Contact: Fathers contact Patrick Gardner, A Father’s Place,, 843-488-2933
    Mothers contact Sherry Coutain, Family Outreach of Horry County,, 843-997-5587
  • A Father’s Place

Partnering with the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Children’s Trust is the lead agency for the program. The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will administer and execute the program. Other state-level partners on the project include the S.C. Thrive/The Benefit Bank of South Carolina, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center and South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families.

Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (CFDA no. 93.500). Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.

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