South Carolina's abstinence education efforts are designed to support children and adolescents by promoting abstinence to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs in groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock. Those groups include youth who are homeless, in foster care, live in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups with disparities in teen birth rates. South Carolina's abstinence education program aims to impact the following health indicators:
- Rate of out-of-wedlock births,
- Rate of abortions,
- Number of adolescents 19 years old and younger who engage in sexual intercourse,
- Rate of sexually transmitted diseases, and
- Rate of teenage pregnancies.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administers the "State Abstinence Education Grant Program" funding as authorized and appropriated by section 214 of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-10), which amends Title V Section 510 of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. § 710].
Current State funding is provided through 2017-18 South Carolina Legislative Provisos 34.45 and 34.46.
2017-18 Organizations providing Abstinence Education in South Carolina:
- Bamberg School District Two
- Heritage Community Services
- Live Free, Inc.
- United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE)
Request for Grant Applications in 2018
- State Proviso for Abstinence-Until-Marriage Evidence-Based Programs, FY2019-RFGA-MC-901 with attachments (zip, pdf)
- State Proviso for Abstinence-Until-Marriage Emerging Programs, FY2019-RFGA-MC-902 with attachments (zip, pdf)
- Questions received with responses - Emerging Programs (pdf)
- Attachment B - Risk Assessment (fillable, pdf)
- Notice of Non-Award (pdf)
- Transcript of May 23, 2018 call re: Notice of Non-Award (pdf)
- Recording of May 23, 2018 call re: Notice of Non-Award (video)
- Notice of Remand (pdf)
- Notice of Award (pdf)