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Just 4 Parents

During the teenage years, decision-making becomes more complex as teens are faced with choices that have real consequences, such as school, friends, driving, substance use, and sex. However, teens are not yet skilled at regulating their emotions, which can lead to impulsive decision-making and risk-taking. Therefore, it is crucial for parents to establish a healthy and trusting relationship with their teens during this time. Building a strong bond with your child can help them make better decisions and navigate the challenges of adolescence more successfully.

These links will help you learn how to guide your teen to become a healthy and productive adult.


The Lake Cumberland District Health Department provides Sexual Risk Avoidance Education with funds received through a Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant (1-TP1AH000185).

  • Reducing the Risk (RTR) is offered in ALL high schools in the Lake Cumberland District.  RTR curriculum is designed to help high school students delay the initiation of sex or increase the use of protection against pregnancy and STD/HIV if they choose to have sex.  To find information about RTR in your county, visit HERE.


  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is offered as an after school program in Casey and McCreary County High Schools. TOP promotes the positive development of adolescents through curriculum-guided, interactive group discussions; positive adult guidance and support; and community service learning, visit HERE.

To receive a Talking with your Teen information packet in the mail contact Jelaine Harlow, Health Education Coordinator, HERE, or you may download/print the .pdf above.

KY Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results for High School Students

Ever had sexual intercourse41.70%34.80%39.20%
Had sex with 3 or more people10.40%9.60%8.50%
Used a condom with last sexual intercourse53.90%48.70%52.60%
Forced to have sex10.30%6.50%6.80%
Students who had sexual intercourse during the last 3 months who drank or used drugs before intercourse17.10%17.50%14.90%
Ever used marijuana33.10%32.10%31.90
Students who do not have a trusted adult in their life to talk to about serious problems13.90%11.30%15.52%
The trend data on this chart was gathered through the KY Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results for High School students.