Schools + Parents
Families Connected Parent Chat & Speaker Series

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Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is partnering with South Bay Families Connected to offer a variety of free, monthly parent education events, including the Families Connected Speaker Series and Families Connected Parent Chat.

South Bay Families Connected is a not-for-profit whose mission is to improve the social and emotional wellness of area youth by supporting parents in their efforts to help their kids reach their full potential and live healthy, fulfilled lives. South Bay Families Connected offers parents free resources, education and opportunities to connect around parenting issues and challenges, including helping kids navigate the new social media landscape, to reducing the likelihood that they will use drugs and alcohol.

Enjoy these opportunities to connect with other parents and discuss shared challenges:

Families Connected Parent Chat
Wondering if your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol? Striving to create balance in your household and manage family and student stress? Seeking guidance about rule setting and boundaries around social media and technology? Families Connected Parent Chat is held every Monday and is a free support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This free support group is open to all parents. No registration necessary.

November 23, 2020
December 21, 2020
December 28, 2020
January 18, 2021
February 15, 2021
April 5, 2021
May 31, 2021

Families Connected Speaker Series – now available as a virtual event!

South Bay Families Connected

For an online gallery of resources, an event calendar, videos, e-newsletter, and authentic South Bay stories, go to

Families Connected Past Events and Resources

Enjoy these resources around parenting issues and challenges.

Resources & Referrals

Need Help? Are you as student or parent dealing with stress, depression, anxiety or substance use and abuse? Find a variety of community resources and referrals at

Families Connected Parent Advisory Group
In the 2017-2018 school year, Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected convened the Families Connected Parent Advisory Group. This group, composed of parent representatives from Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District, meets quarterly to discuss current youth-related issues and pertinent topics at individual school sites, district-wide and throughout the Beach Cities community.

The Parent Advisory Group role is to:

  1. Connect parents with resources, events and information
  2. Communicate with parents at their school
  3. Collaborate and bring back feedback and suggestions from parents, teachers and counselors to the Families Connected Parent Advisory Group
  4. Serve as a liaison between BCHD, PTA and each respective school site

Parent Advisory Group Members:
Aga ChenFu, Alta Vista Elementary
Kelly Hendrickson, Jefferson Elementary School
Cindy Klewan, Madison Elementary School
Carrie Gonzales, Tulita Elementary School
Jill Millestein, Parras Middle School
Sarah Straton, Redondo Union High School
Linda Buck, Redondo Union High School
Autumn Stephens, Hermosa Valley School
Jennifer Buchsbaum, Hermosa Valley School
Natalie Weinstein, Grand View Elementary School
Alice Kuo, Meadows Elementary School
Amanda Kresser, Pacific Elementary School
Laurie Phan, Robinson Elementary School
Yea-lan Chiang, Robinson Elementary School
Kate Manuel, Manhattan Beach Middle School
Lisa Hardimon, Mira Costa High School
Liz Glozman, Rolling Hills Preparatory School