Sexuality Education Providers: Working with Parents

Resources to Help Parents Understand the Importance of Sexuality Education

Parents Matter Parents Matter: The Role of Parents in Teens' Decisions About Sex. This Child Trends Research Brief discusses the importance of parents on adolescent sexual activity.

SIECUS SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, offers an in-depth handbook titled: Innovative Approaches to Increase Parent-Child Communication about Sexuality: Their Impact and Examples from the Field

Sex Education that Works AVERT, an International HIV and AIDS charity, has an article titled, Sex Education that Works, which talks about when parents should start talking about sex and how to approach the subject.  The website gives insights into forming attitudes and beliefs.

Dispelling the Myth Journal of Applied Research on Children, "Dispelling the Myth: What Parents Really Think about Sex Education in Schools." A report showing parents' support of sex education in schools.

HIV in MO HIV/AIDS in Missouri presents HIV/AIDS statistics, reported by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Getting Parental Consent for an Adolescent to Participate in Sexuality Education

Developing a parental consent form ReCAPP (Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) has a procedure list for how to get parent consent for a formal sex education program: "Developing a Parenting Consent Form That Emphasizes Parental Involvement."

Influence of Religious Beliefs and Cultural Norms on Perception of Sexuality Education

Cultural Competency Cultural Competency, from Advocates for Youth. Discusses prejudice and discrimination and being culturally competent when working with youth.

Additional Tips for Working with Parents

Working with Parents of Teens Working With Parents of Teens , from ETR associates, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau.  This document has information on involving parents in teen pregnancy prevention programs, tips for reaching parents, and other resources.

An assessment An Assessment of Parent Involvement Strategies in Programs Services Adolescents, Final Report, Summary Analysis of Literature Review, Assessment Methods, and Assessment Results , from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This document includes information on why parents matter, effectiveness of parental involvement strategies, barriers to involving parents, and more.

Terms of Engagement Terms of Engagement: How to Involve Parens in Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy , from the National Campagin to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, has information on parent influence on teens, challenges and strategies for engaging parents, and tips for parents.

Parent Engagement Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health , from the Centers for Disease Control, has informationon providing parent support, communicating with parents, and encouraging paernts to be involved.

Preventing Teen Pregnancy Preventing Teen Pregnancy Through Outreach and Engagement: Tips for Working With Parents , from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Involving parents Involving Parents in Reproductive Health Education for Youth , a publication of Pathfinder International, includes answers to questions like, what is a parent education program?, how should a parent education program be set up?, and what is known about parent education programs?

Focus on Youth Focus on Youth with Informed Parents and Children Together (ImPACT): An HIV Prevention for African American Youth . This resource, from the Centers for Disease Control, includes core elements of a parent component of a sex education program.

Filling the Gaps Filling the Gaps: Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education, from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), includes information on involving parents in sex education programs.

Information to Share with Parents and Caregivers

This page includes information on adolescent development, safe-sex practices and contraception, healthy teen relationships and teen dating violence, talking with adolescents about development and safe-sex, and websites especially for adolescents.