Pregnant and Parenting teens often are balancing their lives and being a parent. Ensuring that adolescent parents receive adequate social and emotional, medical, and academic support is essential to the parent and the baby’s future. Find information on parenting tips, resources, to support pregnant and parenting teens. Resources include State and local examples.
Addressing the Needs of Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: A Primer on Interagency Collaboration for Children’s Bureau Grantees
Capacity Building Center for States (2019)
Explains the services offered to pregnant and parenting youth in out-of-home care by the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood and the Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program. This tip sheet provides strategies for using both programs together to improve outcomes for pregnant and parenting youth in out-of-home care.
Provides an overview of the Family First Act, resources on topics related to the legislation, communication tools for promoting the website, and a calendar with upcoming related webinars and conference calls.
For Young Parents
Shares information on the education and medical rights of pregnant and parenting teens currently in school. The resource also offers information on where teen parents can access support resources such as, finding child care, finding support groups, financial benefits, and recommendations to stay healthy.
A Home Within (2015)
Provides tools and online trainings to help professionals, caregivers, and foster parents support growth and healthy development, using relationship-based practices for pregnant, parenting teens, and transitional age foster youth.
The National Parent Helpline
National Parent Helpline (2011)
Provides parents and caregivers with emotional support and refers them to services if necessary.
Teen Parenting Service Network (TSPN)
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Offers information on a program serving pregnant and parenting teens in out-of-home care in Illinois. The program provides services such as clinical therapy, educational mentoring, family support services, and case management and referral. The report provides additional information on the goals of the program, targeted demographic, essential components of the program, and education and training resources.
Discusses teen parenting including how to prepare teens for parenthood, the importance of getting young fathers involved, what to expect in the future, and more.
What Are Some Strategies for Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care?
Casey Family Programs (2018)
Examines challenges faced by child welfare agencies that are working with pregnant and parenting teens in foster care and discusses effective programs for this population that aim to ensure the healthy development of the teen parent and the child.
When Your Teen is Having a Baby
Provides information for parents whose teens are pregnant or recently became parents. The website includes information on what parents may be feeling, what teens may be feeling, and special considerations for pregnant teens.
Highlights the Parent Connection program in Wisconsin designed to support teen parents and their children that offers the following programs, Parents as Teachers for teen parents, teen parent mentoring program, fatherhood programs, and young parent group and workshops.
Supporting Teen Parents (PDF - 144 KB)
Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia (2014)
Presents a factsheet on teen parenting, the challenges the face, how they can find help, why others should reach out and help, and more.