Adolescent Parenting Program
The Adolescent Parenting Program is a program for pregnant and parenting teens who are under 18 years of age. This program is a part of the Department of Social Services, and works with other community agencies such as the school systems and the health department. Teens who are interested in participating meet with program staff at school and receive periodic home visits. Participants also come to a monthly peer group meeting with their babies to have dinner, socialize, learn more about parenting and participate in educational activities.
The program targets female teens experiencing problems that negatively affect their ability to function appropriately as a parent, and are at risk for experiencing one or more of the following conditions:
- Separation from family
- Interruption of schooling
- Identified health or emotional problems
- Receipt of public assistance
- A failure-to-thrive infant
- Existence of special needs (parent and/or child)
- Receipt of previous report of abuse or neglect (parent or child)
The APP has proven effective at helping young mothers. Over 90% of the teen moms who have participated in the program have not experienced a second pregnancy during the time they were involved in APP. The incidence of child abuse and neglect is much lower for APP participants than for teen mothers outside of the program.