Children need more consistent, caring adults

By Diane Palmer

As the number of children in single-parent homes grows, the need for caring adults in their lives is more important than ever.

Clemson sponsored a national conference on “Strengthening Families, Youth and Communities” in February to help educators and human service workers meet this need. Some 200 professionals attended from 29 states. Workshops included nutrition education, understanding the needs of the elderly, the importance of the family meal, and connecting youths with the community.

“This conference allows professionals to share program ideas and network to meet the changing needs of families,” said Deborah Thomason, Clemson Extension family and consumer sciences state program leader.

Don Bower, Extension specialist at the University of Georgia and president of the American Associate of Family and Consumer Sciences, was the keynote speaker.

For information: Deborah Thomason, 864-656-5721,