Thornwell’s Strengthening Families Session to Begin Feb. 7

The family support program readies for its second session

a mother hugs her son while the two of them listen along during a family support class

Thornwell’s Strengthening Families program begins its next session on February 7. The 14-week program helps struggling families in Laurens County (South Carolina) improve their family relationships.

“We’re excited about helping more families that are close to us here in Laurens County,” said Sonya O’Neal, Thornwell’s vice president of programs and clinical services. “Families loved the first session we had of this wonderful, new program. Many said they wished they could participate again.”

Thornwell partners with the Children’s Trust of South Carolina to provide the grant-funded program. To participate, families must include at least one child between the ages of six and eleven.

Participating families visit Thornwell one day a week over a period of 14 weeks. While at Thornwell, parents work with family specialists to learn parenting skills while children work with counselors to learn about appropriate behavior. These sessions have been proven to:

  • Improve parenting skills and family relationships
  • Reduce problem behaviors
  • Improve school performance

If it sounds like the program is all work, it’s not. Each week, families receives prizes for attending, play games, and enjoy a free meal. The atmosphere is fun and laid-back.

If you or a family you know live in Laurens County (SC) and want to participate, please call 864-938-2734 or visit the Strengthening Families page.

 

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