Shared Leadership

About Us 

To contact us:

             PO Box 80099

             Charleston, SC  29416

             Phone: 1.800.326.8621

             Fax: 843.747.0890


   Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, Inc.,  is a private, non-profit (501(c)3) organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and empowering communities in the state of South Carolina.

    As a nationally accredited State Resource Office, Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, Inc. provides training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies interested in providing the Parents Anonymous® Shared Leadership Model of mutual support to parents in their community.

   Educational materials, technical assistance bulletins, consultation, and opportunities for networking are provided to enhance practice and improve service delivery resulting in stronger families, safer communities and more positive outcomes for children and youth.



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History of Parents Anonymous®

    Parents Anonymous®, Inc. was founded in 1970 through the extraordinary efforts of Jolly K, a courageous mother seeking help to create a safe and caring home for her family.

   Jolly K. held the first Parents Anonymous® meeting around her kitchen table in partnership with her social worker, Leonard Leiber.

   That meeting became a model of mutual support and shared leadership between parents and professionals. It launched a national movement to bring help, support, strength, and hope to millions of families all across America.

    Parents Anonymous® groups continue to meet using the principle of shared leadership.  Parents lead the meetings and a professionally trained facilitator serves as a resource to the group.

Pathways to Strong, Safe Families in

Six SC Counties


    With the help of The Duke Endowment, Parents  Anonymous® is expanding into six more counties in South Carolina. “Shared Leadership will be a guiding principle in these counties,” said Marty Banks, Executive Director of Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, Inc. “Our Pathways coordinators in the new counties are

joining hands with parents and other community leaders to create partnerships

and services to strengthen families. When families are strengthened, communities are strengthened. The response so far has been overwhelming. We are meeting so many parents and community leaders who are eager to be a part of creating stronger, safer families in their communities.”   

    The Pathways coordinators are Patricia Hall, Allendale; Idella Peacock, Bamberg; Shedron Williams, Hampton; Betty Johnson, Lee; Lorain Tascoe-Bey, Jasper and Eartha Cunningham, Colleton. Free Mutual Support Groups and Children and Youth Programs  are forming now for the residents in their counties.  (See “Find A Group” for the coordinators’ contact information.) Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, Inc.  is assisting by providing training, technical assistance and leadership development.  For more information, contact  1-800-326-8621.    

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Strengthening Families for 30 Years1978-2008