Press Release (01-07-10): Planned Parenthood of Delaware to Host a Parent Focus Group

What do parents tell their kids about the “Birds and the Bees?”
Middletown High School Library
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
January 12, 2010


Emily Knearl
302.507.3662 (cell)
302.655.7296, ext. 36 (w)

Published: 01.05.10| Updated: 01.07.10

(Wilmington, DE)—In partnership with the Delaware Department of Education, Planned Parenthood of Delaware (PPDE) is offering a Parent Focus Group on January 12, 2010 to learn from parents the important issues in discussing sexual health for their youth. The workshop targets parents of middle school high and high school age youth.  The event is free and a light dinner will be provided.

The group will be an opportunity for parents to advise professional trainers on sex education topics of interest, and lessons and information they would like available as part of a parent mini-course.  The information gathered from the Focus Group will be used to help parents become more effective educators of their children.

Parent-child communication is particularly important due to the state’s high incidence of some diseases and reported sexual activity among young people.  Delaware is:

  • 1st in the nation for high school students reporting sexual activity;
  • Nearly 60% of Delaware teens report having sex at least once;
  • By age 25, one in two sexually active young people will have contracted an STD;

“Parents are the best teachers. Research shows that when young people have an open dialogue with their parents on reproductive health issues they actually delay onset of sexual activity and experience fewer teen pregnancies,” said Dr. Catherine Dukes, Vice President of Education and Training for PPDE.  “Planned Parenthood wants to hear from parents about what information they need to be the most informed educators of their children.

Date:   January 12, 2010
Time:   6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location:   Middletown High School Library
120 Silver Lake Rd
Middletown, DE 19709
RSVP:   302-224-8099 x110
or email

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The mission of PPDE is to ensure the right of all individuals to access the appropriate information and the services necessary to make and act on personal decisions related to their own reproduction, sexuality and health. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, prenatal care, abortion, cancer screening and prevention, health education, and more. The agency serves all three counties and has operated in Delaware for over 75 years.

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