Families First began in June 1986 as the Rowan County Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and was sponsored by the Rowan County Healthy Department. The focus of the organization was directed towards community awareness of teen pregnancy. Our goal was to help reduce teen pregnancy rates through our "Unite to Prevent Teen Pregnancy" campaign.
In March of 1994, Families First became a separate 501(c) 3 non-profit called the Adolescent and Pregnancy Prevention Council of Rowan County. In addition to awareness and information regarding teenage pregnancy, our agency developed a curriculum for the Rowan-Salisbury School System. The curriculum was called Family Life Education and was available for middle school and high school students.
United Way has played an active role in the agency's early development and continues to be a primary funding partner. Since 1990, United Way has generated funds for community awareness projects and has helped plan, organize and support the Family Life Education curriculum program for the schools.
Today, Families First is comprised of numerous programs that fall under four distinct categories: community-based rehabilitation services, teenage parenting programs, court-based services and educational programs. Families First is able to maintain its meaningful work in the area due to the continued support of businesses and individuals in the area.
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