Family Corps

FamilyCorps is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen families in SC by providing support, education, and trainings to all caregivers of children.

Family strengthening programs using evidence based programs in 30 counties in 70 locations.

We offer 3 evidence-based programs to help strengthen families. Parent Support Groups - parents share parenting struggles with other parents and find support and leadership skills
Triple P Classes - Positive Parenting Program classes
Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training - recommended for
all adults who are interested in keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.

Operating as usual


FamilyCorps is gearing up for the new fiscal year and is excited to offer many different programs equally to all the families around the state.


FamilyCorps is prepping for the new fiscal year we are very excited to roll out the new changes to our programs.


FamilyCorps Update:
FamilyCorps was featured all week by Collective Force Foundation. See the video's of our wonderful staff on the Collective Force Foundation page Like & Share.


Collective Force Foundation Will Be Featuring FamilyCorps All Week On Their FaceBook Page,
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If Our Week Gets Most Shares They Will Donate $5,000 To Our Wonderful Organization.
Encourage Your Family Friends To Follow & Share Also.
Thank You For All Your Suppoprt.

Timeline photos 05/02/2017

Congratulations Jacki & Manny I'm so proud of you both. You worked hard, you utilized what was taught to you, you showed termendous growth and changed behaviors and today you are a reunited family.


Break the cycle of silence!

20 Ways To Break The Cycle of Silence:

1. Be a good example: Respect your family members. Use a courteous tone of voice. When children misbehave, let them know that you dislike what they did, not who they are. Don’t hit your kids; violence teaches violence. Apologize when you’re wrong. Say “I love you” more often. Reward good behavior.
2. Be a friend to the parent: Listen. Sometimes, just being able to express anger and frustration helps ease tensions.Children are usually better behaved when their adults are happier and more relaxed. Exercise helps relieve stress.
3. Reach out to neighbors or relatives who have children
4. Praise and encourage the children you know: Mean words can make a child feel worthless, ugly, and unloved, and the hurt can last a lifetime. So be positive. Tell a child you’re proud of her and why.
5. Take action…don’t wait for someone else to do it!
Arrange for a speaker on child abuse and neglect to come to your PTA, church, club, or workplace. The more we all know about abuse and neglect, the more we can do to stop it.
6. Organize safety systems in your neighborhood
7. Volunteer
8. Set up an after school program and retirement home
9. form a carpenters guild (or a club)
10. Host a baby shower:Invite friends and neighbors to bring items for needy infants and children.
11. Start a resource room: Call your local office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and collect diapers, clothing, toys, books, and formula to help ease the transition for children who must be removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Hold a fund raiser to buy school supplies for foster children.
12. Work in a day care center
13. Be a mentor
14. Learn more about child abuse and child abuse prevention
15. Become a foster parent
16. Help a foster child get a good start
17. Get involved with the child welfare board in your community
18. Understand which children are most likely to be abused
19. Learn to recognize signs of abuse
20. Report suspected child abuse and neglect


Protective Factor: Knowledge of Child Development

No parent knows everything about children or is a “perfect parent.” An understanding of parenting strategies and child development helps parents understand what to expect and how to provide what children need during each developmental phase.
All parents, and those who work with children, can benefit from increasing their knowledge and understanding of child development, including:
• physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development
• signs indicating a child may have a developmental delay and needs special help
• cultural factors that influence parenting practices and the perception of children
• factors that promote or inhibit healthy child outcomes
• discipline and how to positively impact child behavior

Gaining more knowledge about child development and developing greater skills in parenting are particularly important given the recent advances in the fields of neuroscience, pediatrics and developmental psychology.

Scientists in these fields have provided much evidence of the critical importance of early childhood as the period in which the foundation for intellectual, social, emotional and moral development is established. Furthermore, numerous research studies show this foundation is determined by the nature of the young child’s environments and experiences that shape early brain development. Developing brains need proper nutrition, regularly scheduled periods of sleep, physical activity and a variety of stimulating experiences. Developing brains also need attuned, emotionally available parents and other primary caregivers who recognize and consistently respond to the needs of young children, and interact with them in an affectionate, sensitive and nurturing manner.

Such care gives rise to the development of a secure attachment between the child and the adult. Young children with secure attachments develop a sense of trust, feel safe, gain self-confidence and are able to explore their environments because they feel they have a secure base.

Numerous longitudinal studies have demonstrated that parental behaviors that lead to early secure attachments and which remain warm and sensitive as children grow older lay the foundation for social-emotional, cognitive and moral competencies across developmental periods. For example, when a young child solicits interaction through babbling or facial expressions and a parent responds in a similar manner, this type of parent-child interaction helps to create neural connections that build later social-emotional and cognitive skills. In addition, advances in brain research have shown that parental behaviors that forge secure emotional attachments help young children learn to manage stress.

Secure attachments can offset some of the damage experienced by highly stressed young children as a result of trauma (e.g., maltreatment or exposure to violence.) In contrast, parental care that is inconsistent, unresponsive, detached, hostile or rejecting gives rise to insecure attachments. Young children who experience insecure attachments display fear, distrust, anxiety or distress and are at risk for long-term adverse effects on brain development including developmental delays, cognitive impairments, conduct problems, psychopathology and relationship challenges.

For example, young children who have limited adult language stimulation and opportunities to explore may not fully develop the neural pathways that support learning. What parents do and how they treat children is often a reflection of the way they were parented.

Acquiring new knowledge about parenting and child development enables parents to critically evaluate the impact of their experiences on their own development and their current parenting practices, and to consider that there may be more effective ways of guiding and responding to their children.

Furthermore, understanding the mounting evidence about the nature and importance of early brain development enables both parents and those who work with children to know what young children need most in order to thrive: nurturing, responsive, reliable and trusting relationships; regular, predictable and consistent routines; interactive language experiences; a physically and emotionally safe environment; and opportunities to explore and to learn by doing.


1 out of every 3 girls & 1 out of every 5 boys will be sexually abused before age 18.
Please stand up and stand out against chld abuse.


" A child will be badly affected, if they are neglected"

The impact of neglect
Children who have been neglected may experience short-term and long-term effects that last throughout their life.
Children who don’t get the love and care they need from their parents may find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships with other people later in life, including their own children.
Children who have been neglected are more likely to experience mental health problems including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Young people may also take risks, such as running away from home, breaking the law, abusing drugs or alcohol, or getting involved in dangerous relationships - putting them at risk from sexual exploitation.
Effects on relationships and attachment
A parent or carer's behaviour has a big impact on a child. It can also affect the relationship between parent and child.
This relationship, or bond, between a child and their primary caregiver - usually mum or dad but sometimes another family member or carer - is described by attachment theory.
When a child is neglected they don't usually have a good relationship or bond with their parent. Psychologists would describe this as a poor attachment.
Poor attachment can significantly affect the relationships that people have throughout their lives, including how they interact with their own children. Early intervention can change attachment patterns, reducing harm to a child and helping them to form positive attachments in adulthood.
(Howe, 2011)
Effects on brain development
The first years of a child's life have a big impact on how their brain develops. That is why neglect can be so damaging – a child's experiences can change their thought processes and neural pathways.
If a baby is malnourished, neural cells can become weak or damaged and this can cause lowered brain function.
If a child has a poor relationship, attachment or little interaction with a parent then it can change how their brain develops emotional and verbal pathways.
Neglect can severely alter the way a child's brain works. This can lead to an increased risk of depression in later life as well as dissociative disorders and memory impairments. Changes to the brain caused by neglect have also been linked to panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Timeline photos 04/20/2017

Identify Your Parenting Style:


Recognize & Avoid Escalation Traps:


Talk Openly With Your Child!

Be available for your children
Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk — for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car — and be available.
Start the conversation; it lets your kids know you care about what's happening in their lives.
Find time each week for a one-on-one activity with each child, and avoid scheduling other activities during that time.
Learn about your children's interests — for example, favorite music and activities — and show interest in them.
Initiate conversations by sharing what you have been thinking about rather than beginning a conversation with a question.
Let your kids know you're listening
When your children are talking about concerns, stop whatever you are doing and listen.
Express interest in what they are saying without being intrusive.
Listen to their point of view, even if it's difficult to hear.
Let them complete their point before you respond.
Repeat what you heard them say to ensure that you understand them correctly.
Respond in a way your children will hear
Soften strong reactions; kids will tune you out if you appear angry or defensive.
Express your opinion without putting down theirs; acknowledge that it's okay to disagree.
Resist arguing about who is right. Instead say, "I know you disagree with me, but this is what I think."
Focus on your child's feelings rather than your own during your conversation.
Ask your children what they may want or need from you in a conversation, such as advice, simply listening, help in dealing with feelings or help solving a problem.
Kids learn by imitating. Most often, they will follow your lead in how they deal with anger, solve problems and work through difficult feelings.
Talk to your children — don't lecture, criticize, threaten or say hurtful things.
Kids learn from their own choices. As long as the consequences are not dangerous, don't feel you have to step in.
Realize your children may test you by telling you a small part of what is bothering them. Listen carefully to what they say, encourage them to talk and they may share the rest of the story.
Parenting is hard work
Listening and talking is the key to a healthy connection between you and your children.


Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse.
Help prevent child abuse.


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Protective Factor:
Concrete & Social Supports

Concrete Supports for Parents
Many factors affect a family's ability to care for their children. Families who can meet their own basic needs for food, clothing, housing, and transportation - and who know how to access essential services such as childcare, health care, and mental health services to address family-specific needs - are better able to ensure the safety and well-being of their children.
Partnering with parents to identify and access resources in the community may help prevent the stress that sometimes precipitates child maltreatment. Providing concrete supports may also help prevent the unintended neglect that sometimes occurs when parents are unable to provide for their children.
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Protective Factors:
Concrete & Social Supports
Concrete Supports for Parents
Many factors affect a family's ability to care for their children. Families who can meet their own basic needs for food, clothing, housing, and transportation - and who know how to access essential services such as childcare, health care, and mental health services to address family-specific needs - are better able to ensure the safety and well-being of their children.
Partnering with parents to identify and access resources in the community may help prevent the stress that sometimes precipitates child maltreatment. Providing concrete supports may also help prevent the unintended neglect that sometimes occurs when parents are unable to provide for their children.

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Timeline photos 04/16/2017

FamilyCorps would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter.


"Child Abuse Cast A Shadow The Length Of A Lifetime"


Create Awareness PLant Your Pinwheel Garden Today!

Why Pinwheels for Prevention?
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What our research showed, and what our experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.


FamilyCorps in observation of the Easter Holiday will be closing the office today at 1:00 PM and will reopen Tuesday April 18, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Have a happy and safe holiday everyone.


Discipline means to teach not to spank!

the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

Triple P: How to Teach your Child New Skills - "Ask Say Do" 04/12/2017

Triple P: How to Teach your Child New Skills - "Ask Say Do"

Utilize Parenting Tools & Strategies
Example: "Ask Say Do"

Triple P: How to Teach your Child New Skills - "Ask Say Do" Tim and Jared use the example of teaching a child to brush their teeth and how parents can use the "Ask Say Do" prompts to foster new skills with their child...


Part of the 30 days National Child Abuse Campaign


Learn The Signs Of Child Abuse!

Failure to thrive socially or academically
Speech disorders
Delayed physical development
Attachment issues, such as discomfort with physical contact or difficulty connecting with others
Lags in physical, emotional or intellectual development
Learning disorders

Behavior extremes, such as appearing overly compliant and passive or very demanding and aggressive.
Withdrawn and/or overly sensitive behaviors
Increased fear or avoidance of a specific person and/or situation
Difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings
Substance use
Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
Anxiety and/or excessive worrying

Bruises, welts or swelling
Sprains or fractures
Lacerations or abrasions
Frequent physical complaints, such as stomachaches and headaches

Difficulty in walking or sitting
Torn, stained or bloody clothing
Pain or itching in the genital area; bruises or bleeding in the external genital area
Sexually transmitted infections or diseases
Knowledge of or interest in sexual behaviors that are not age appropriate

Low self-esteem
Uncharacteristic obedience or perfectionism
Strong feelings of shame or guilt

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Parent and Youth Support, Parent Leadership Training, Parenting and Family Strengthening Programs all evidence prevent and stop child abuse and neglect. Statewide Child abuse and awareness training for mandated reporters.



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Only accredited Organization in the state of South Carolina certified to train and implement the evidence based Parents Anonymous Adult and Children and Youth Program.

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