Heritage Community Services
Rev. Randy Riddle
Dr. Roger Rollins
Darlington School District
Dr. Vera Bailey
Hilton Head Preg. Care Center
Colleton Fire and Rescue
Dr. Vonda Calcutt
Lowcountry Ctr. Diabetes
Sen. Chip Campsen
Rev. Chuck Coward
Ret.Capt. Charleston City Police
Dr. Randy Goings
Lowcountry Pregnancy Center & SC Association Pregnancy Care Centers
Upward Bound at Cof C
Norman L. Moore, Jr.
Comm. for Higher Education
Carolina Pregnancy Center
Marriage Savers of Upstate
Jerry & Barbara Seymour
R& R Marriage Min.
Dr. A. V. Strong
A Better Way, Inc. (Gang Out)
Dr. Robert Thomas
Pastor Phil Thrailkill
St. Luke UMC Hartsville
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
SC Healthy Family Formation Coalition E-News!
Parents tell us they FEAR the sexualization of girls, the pornification of our culture and its impact on their kids. Yet, many teens are put on auto-pilot with little direction from their parents.
Recent Adolescent Brain Research tells us that young brains are not fully developed until the mid-twenties!
Allowing teens to ‘hang out’ without parental supervision is risky even when they live in ‘good’ neighborhoods.
The current issue of Criminology reports that “Parents are better off assuming that more structure is better for their teens.” In addition, “Communities need both the shared willingness to control adolescent behavior in public space and the capacity to provide adolescents with options other than unsupervised ‘hanging-out’”.
We also know that when teens ‘hang-out’ with sexually active peers, they are more likely to engage in early sexual behavior themselves. (Medical Institute)
Parents can benefit from support systems or social networks. Research entitled Social Relationships and Mortality Risks found that joining a social network can be healthy and may actually improve the odds of survival by 50%!
Social networking is far more than Facebook and Twitter! The ‘renewed’ and best social networking takes place face-to-face at public forums, church, work and community events.
“When someone is connected to a group and feels responsibility
for other people, that sense of purpose and meaning translates
to taking better care of themselves and taking fewer risks.”
Thus, one reason for the popularity of the “Tea Party Movement”. Ordinary, uninvolved citizens are no longer content to sit and fret. They are now getting together to talk about their concerns and how they can to make a difference in their communities.
month, Heritage Keepers® and SCHFF Coalition
are hosting Stakeholder Luncheons in
Why not become part of the solution?
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The South Carolina Healthy Family Formation Coalition (SC HFF Coalition) is organized and staffed by Heritage Community Services. The SC HFF Coalition promotes child and family well-being by providing opportunities for statewide communication about such issues as: adolescent pregnancy, unwed childbearing, fatherlessness, sexual exploitation of our youth, dating violence and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, gang activity and youth violence.
Coalition members support healthy family formation initiatives that integrate character-based life skills, teen pregnancy prevention with an emphasis on abstinence-centered education, and the importance of fidelity-within-marriage.
we can impact our culture so that forming healthy families becomes a norm,
rather than the exception, for
Please, forward this E-News to interested friends, family and colleagues and ask them to consider joining the Coalition.
Contact Mary McLellan , Statewide Chairman