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With a mission to collaboratively ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential with engaged support from their parents, caregivers, and communities, SC First Steps will be successful when all children reach their highest potential. To support the goal of ensuring that all children are successful in school, work, and life, SC First Steps is working to: expand the reach of programs that help parents and caregivers support child development and early learning, increase the impact of these programs, and ensure that agencies and organizations collaborate and provide integrated access, supports, and services both at the state and local level so that families and children are best served.
With a mission to change lives by making connections, raise awareness & promote inclusion for those disabilities and special healthcare needs, Family Connection SC envisions everyone in South Carolina will have the support, education, and opportunities to achieve their full potential; their shared experience guides staff and volunteers in every interaction with parents, professionals and the community, with a caring, welcoming, knowledgeable, courteous, and professional staff and group of volunteers.
As the statewide organization focused on the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and injury, Children's Trust supports and delivers programs (by bringing their resources and expertise, partnering with local organizations to deliver proven prevention programs, to achieve results), builds coalitions (no individual, organization, or government agency working alone can stop maltreatment, so it is imperative to Children's Trust that they work together, share best practices, expertise, and resources), provides resources (done through sharing expertise and research on how to prevent child abuse and neglect so that SC can use resources effectively and efficiently), and leads prevention training (their robust training and professional development opportunities give those working with children & families the prevention know-how to keep kids safe and build strong families)
BCS believes that every child deserves to be loved, connected, and safe; for more than 75 years, their faith has inspired them to stand for children close to home and around the world; they aim to change the world through family, via Infant Adoption in the US, US International Adoption, Post-Adoption Services (to adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents), Pregnancy Support, and Safe Families for Children (when parents are going through a temporary crisis, BCS finds families to care for their children, allowing parents to take essential steps toward stability).
The CFEC is an effort to grow and support the engagement of underserved families in their local schools and in the educational success of their children. CFEC pledges to deliver high-quality parent education for family engagement by providing training and technical assistance in family engagement to districts and schools, and working with partners to develop the reach of family engagement services across SC, by offering high-quality parent education for family engagement, supplying training and technical assistance in family engagement to districts and schools, and collaborating with partners to develop the reach of family engagement services across SC. CFEC aims to boost student achievement, foster school improvement, and build the ability of all stakeholders to develop robust partnerships through stronger family engagement.
Provides county-level training, monthly connection to other foster families, and opportunities to volunteer to support foster families of SC.
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Family Resilience & Connection Promote Flourishing Among US Children, Even Amid Adversity (Dr. Christina Bethell, Johns Hopkins University):Article Link >>