Insights Teen Parent Program
2020 S.E. Powell Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202
The Insights Teen Parent Program, a nonprofit social service agency for 27 years, has become the primary provider of no-cost services and support to pregnant and parenting teens and their children in Portland and Multnomah County. Thirteen programs offer comprehensive, wrap-around services to an average of 1,500 young families every year in an effort to develop healthy parenting and foster healthy children among this vulnerable population. The Insights philosophy is respect-based, its services strength-based.
Over the years, Insights created many new programs designed to meet the specific needs of its clients. For example, these include: Program Puentes, which offers in-home case management, parenting education, support groups, housing, information and referral, and other services to Spanish-speaking teen and young families; Christina Project, which focuses on pregnant and parenting teen/young parents who are or have been the victim of domestic violence; SEEDS (Supporting Early Emerging Developmental Skills), which provides such school readiness services as attachment-based parenting education and child development screenings; and Enhanced Case Management, which strives to prevent child abuse in high-risk young families. Additionally, each of the 13 programs provides basic needs assistance in an effort to relieve the stressors of poverty.
The Insights Executive Director guided a tour, providing an informational overview on the variety and scope of the agency's programs and best-practice services. Direct service staff together with representatives of the Insights Youth Council answered questions and shared their personal stories.