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Strategies for Working with Young Parents

It 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.

Toolkit

Young Parents Logic Model

The Young Parents Logic Model is a tool designed to help professionals think about how to design and improve their programs and services for young people who are pregnant or parenting. The tool encourages a holistic approach that considers the complexity of needs for this population. It can be used as a starting point to help an organization create a logic model for their programs and services.

Tool and Bibliography

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.

Tip 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.

Video (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).

Guide

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.

Video (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.

Infographic

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.

Website

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.

Guide

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.

Issue Brief

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.

Website

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.

eBook

ReSHAPING: The Latest Research in One Place

ReSHAPING is an international network of scholars in social work, public health, public policy, and psychology dedicated to collaborative research on understanding needs and improving outcomes related to sexual health and parenting for youth who are homeless, trafficked, or in out-of-home environments, whether in child welfare, juvenile justice, or other systems. In collaboration with Healthy Teen Network, their goal is to provide a repository that is useful to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

Research