Little baby boy with her young mother

Getting young parents on a path to success

Community Support for Young Parents program is an alliance of innovative, collaborative community-based partnerships that specifically target young parents, who either have children or who are currently pregnant, at a pivotal time in their lives and in the lives of their young children.

Funding for this effort comes through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Children’s Trust is the primary grantee to develop programs and services to support young pregnant women and young parents in South Carolina.

The need for help

One-half of all teen and young adult pregnancies are unintended, which can result in health issues for moms and infants as well as keep these moms from finishing school and finding jobs.

70%

More than 70 percent of births to teens and young adults involved unmarried young women.

78%

78 percent of participants in fatherhood programs said they needed parenting skills.

Short-term choices, long-term success

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

  • Improve health outcomes of expectant and parenting teens and young adults in South Carolina
  • Improve the well-being of dependent children of parenting teen and young adults in South Carolina
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of expectant and parenting young adults and teens
  • Increase coordination among community organizations serving pregnant and parenting teens, young adults and their children
Baby sitting in high chair.

Local collaborations fuel the work

Darlington County

Darlington County First Steps leads Parents Are First as the local implementing agency. Their local program partners include 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.

Horry County

Parents on Point is led by A Father's Place as the local implementing agency. Local partners include 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.

Richland County

The United Way of the Midlands is the local implementing agency for the Parenting Teen Partnership. Their local partners include 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.

Spartanburg

The Adolescent Family Life Program is led by the Mary Black Agency. Local Program partners include Middle Tyger Community Center, Spartanburg School Districts 1 – 7, Upstate Family Resource Center, The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, EMERGE Family Therapy Center and Teaching Clinic

State organizations join forces for real change

South Carolina's leading voices for families, children and fathers guide the project.

For more information

Andrea Howard
aheyward@teenpregnancysc.org
S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy