Strengthening Families Program


What is the Strengthening Families Program?

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) serves families with children ages 6 to 11 in settings that include community centers, schools and/or churches. SFP is designed to:

  • Help families develop positive discipline practices 

  • Stay resilient in tough times

  • Reduce conflict

  • Improve parenting skills

  • Assist children with social skills, relationships, and school performance.

All of these factors play an important role in keeping families strong while protecting against potential abuse and/or neglect. Participants complete a 14-session program. The sessions, which always begins with a family meal, typically last 2 ½ hours and include parents and children meeting separately to work with group leaders before coming together for shared activities to finish. Participants who successfully complete the 14-session program graduate in a celebratory style with a graduation ceremony.


Our Partners

Darlington County First Steps was awarded the SFP grant from the Children’s Trust of South Carolina. The Children’s Trust of South Carolina provides coaching for one-on-one support, training and technical support for the local partners.


Why SFP is Important

The SFP is a two- generational approach where children, ages 6-11, and their parents work on parallel activities, designed to improve family relationships and break generational cycles of dysfunction. The SFP is an evidenced-based program which is nationally recognized for its success in helping families.


How Long Will Families Participate? 

This collaborative effort is designed to serve families in two 14-week cycles during the 2019 calendar year. The SFP is open to all families with children, ages 6-11, in the district, regardless of socioeconomic status. 


THE STRENGTHING FAMILIES PROGRAM IS NOW ENROLLING! For more information about the Strengthening Families Program, contact Leroy Gibson at or 984-999-1576.


This Strengthening Families Program is Funded and Supported by: