Effectively Engaging and Understanding Teen Parents and the Services Available to Support this Population [Presentation Slides].

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Valentine, Laurie.
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To assist New York State child welfare professionals in Monroe County in providing effective services to teen parents, this slide presentation begins by citing teen parent data that indicates New York has the third highest number of teen pregnancies in the United States, that 4 of the 9 zip codes in New York with the highest teen birth rates are within Rochester, and that 18% of all Monroe County births are to teen mothers. Information is then provided on the negative impact of teen parenting on children and families and risk factors for teen parenting. The effectiveness of evidence-based home visiting programs (EBHVs) that provide family-focused services to pregnant mothers and families with new babies and young children is then discussed, and proven outcomes are listed. The Parents as Teachers program is highlighted, as well as the Nurse Family Partnership program, child-parent psychotherapy, the Healthy Families New York program, the Parent Child Home Program, and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program. Additional support programs are also described, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Healthy Start, and the Community Health Worker Program. Detailed information is then provided on EBHV programs in Monroe County. Finally current efforts to develop coordinated systems of care, and strategies for engaging and working effectively with teen parents are addressed.

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