Helping Teen Parents Succeed

The following is a collection of resources for teen parents.  Please click on the hyperlinks to be directed to each site.

Meeting Their Economic Needs

The Housing Finance Authority, www.mhfa.state.mn.us/, for information on subsidized housing.
Department of Human Services, www.dhs.state.mn.us/, for information on MFIP and other income support programs.

Meeting Their Educational Needs

Department of Children, Families and Learning, www.children.state.mn.us, for general information on educational resources.
Office of Economic Security, www.children.state.mn.us/oeo/, for information on job training resources.
Early Childhood and Family Initiatives, www.cfl.state.mn.us/ecfi/, for information on early childhood and parenting education.

Meeting Their Emotional Needs

MN Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us/, for information about mental health services.

Meeting Their Health Needs

MN Department of Health, www.health.state.mn.us/ for information about health care resources and WIC.

General Resources

Advocates For Youth, www.advocatesforyouth.org, provides information and advocacy materials to help promote health decision making about sexuality among youth.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute, www.agi-usa.org, provides data about teen pregnancy and related issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Division of Adolescent and School Health, www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/, provides data on health risks facing adolescents.
Child Trends, Inc., www.childtrends.org, provides data on teen pregnancy and other issues regarding the well-being of children.
Kids Count, www.aecf.org/kidscount/, provides data that tracks the well being of children in a community.  Data is available nationally and on a state by state basis.
National Fatherhood Initiative, www.fatherhood.org, provides information about how to encourage fathers to be involved in their children's lives.
National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention, www.noappp.org, provides information about teen pregnancy and related issues.
Office of Population Affairs, www.dhhs.gov/progorg/opa/, administers Titles X and XX family planning programs
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, www.plannedpareenthood.org, provides information about contraception.
Sex Etc., www.sxetc.org, is a website produced by teens for teens that has information about sex, STDs, drinking, drugs and other health issues facing teenagers.
Center for Law and Social Policy, www.clasp.org, provides information on policies relating to various issues including teen pregnancy, welfare reform and childcare.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS), www.siecus.org, provides information to support sexuality education.
The Center for Assessment and Policy Development, www.capd.org, provides information about programs that address a variety of issues, including teen pregnancy.

Advocacy

Contact your elected representatives about teen parenting issues:

Governor Jesse Ventura, www.mainserver.state.mn.us/governor/
The MN House of Representatives, www.house.leg.state.mn.us
The MN Senate, www.senate.leg.state.mn.us
The US House of Representatives, www.house.gov
The US Senate, www.senate.gov
The White House, www.whitehouse.gov