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Strategies for Working with Young Parents

Strategies for Working with Young ParentsIt can be hard to determine the best ways to reach and serve expectant and parenting youth. The resources below offer frameworks, approaches, and perspectives on working with young parents and their families.

Expectant and Parenting Youth Inclusivity Toolkit

Designed for service providers, educators, and family members, this guide focuses on how to make environments and interactions welcoming and supportive of young parents. Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health.


Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) and Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Resources

This federal resource center provides training materials and resources for grantees and other organizations working to reduce teen pregnancy and STDs and support expectant and parenting teens and their families. All materials are free and downloadable. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


A BDI Logic Model for Working with Young Families Resource Kit

This resource kit from Healthy Teen Network provides a Behavior-Determinant-Intervention logic model for working with young families. Using a science-based process, the kit identifies strategies for increasing self-sufficiency outcomes for young parents, improving developmental outcomes for their children, and more.


An American Frame: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

This Healthy Teen Network summary of a FrameWorks Institute report discusses the different images of expectant and parenting teens, both positive and negative, that are typically portrayed in American media. The summary also includes steps everyone can take to make a difference.

PDFReport Summary

Working with Pregnant and Parenting Teens Tip Sheet

Offered by the U.S. Family and Youth Services Bureau, this document briefly describes steps for creating an effective program to support teen parents' self-sufficiency, housing and financial stability, parenting, and relationships.

PDFTip Sheet

Engaging Teen Parents: Lessons from Teens about What Works for Them

This webcast explores strategies to help Head Start staff engage teen parents. Through parent interviews, viewers hear first-hand accounts of what engagement strategies have worked best. The Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework is also discussed.

VideoVideo (94 minutes)

2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide

This guide supports service providers in their work to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote family well-being. Using a protective factors framework, the guide provides detailed information, sample scenarios, strategies for community partnerships, and tip sheets for parents and caregivers. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (and partners).


Making an Effective Referral

Produced by Connections for Student Success, a project of CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.), this video showcases the steps needed to make an effective referral for health services.

VideoVideo (12 minutes)

"Picture Perfect": A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive

This infographic from Healthy Teen Network depicts the needs of expectant and parenting youth and summarizes the support systems that help young people succeed as parents.


Strengthening Families: A Protective Factors Framework

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The program helps service providers work with families to build protective factors.


Two-Generation Playbook

Two-generation approaches to human services seek to meet the needs of children and their parents together. This guide introduces core components and makes the case for this approach. Ascend/Aspen Institute.


A Theoretical Framework for Two-Generation Models

The two-generation framework emphasizes the importance of using family goals to target individual family members, setting individual goals, and aligning tailored and appropriate solutions. This lens also emphasizes prioritizing relationship-building over programs and designing flexible evaluation approaches, while working for systems change to support families in their efforts. Urban Institute.

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One Circle Foundation

The One Circle Foundation is a strength-based support group model with programs and curricula for youth, adults, and families of all genders, cultures, and backgrounds.


Getting to Outcomes for Home Visiting

This eBook provides detailed instruction on how to plan, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs for supporting parents and young children. It provides information on efficient ways to help families with young children who are also struggling with poverty, poor social support, substance use, or issues connected with teenage pregnancy and parenting.


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