Positive Parenting Program

Positive Parenting Program


The Positive Parenting Initiative focuses on preventing child abuse through education and awareness. Our efforts include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • Facilitating small group relationship training 
  • Community awareness
  • Coaching and mentoring teens

Positive Parenting Program


 Every hour of every day, there is allegation of child abuse in  Tennessee. Unfortunately, child abuse is a problem in every county and  community across Tennessee. In 2013, Tennessee had 102,748 total referrals for child abuse and neglect. 

Reaching Out to Teens



In 2015, the birth rate of Hispanic teens were still more than two  times higher than the rate for non-Hispanic white teens. The birth rate  of non-Hispanic black teens was almost twice as high as the rate among  non-Hispanic white teens, and American Indian/Alaska Native teen birth  rates remained more than one and a half times higher than the  non-Hispanic white teen birth rate. Geographic differences  in teen birth rates persist, both within and across states.  Among some  states with low overall teen birth rates, some counties have high teen  birth rates.

Less favorable socioeconomic conditions, such as low education and  low income levels of a teen’s family, may contribute to high teen birth  rates. Teens in child welfare systems are at higher risk of  teen pregnancy and birth than other groups. For example, young women  living in foster care are more than twice as likely to become pregnant  than those not in foster care. 


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