Pregnant & Parenting - Western Mass. Young Adult Resource Guide

Department of Mental Health Young Adult Resource Guide - Pregnant & Parenting

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Healthy Families

Healthy Families is a parenting support program for first-time pregnant or parenting people, age 23 and under.  You are partnered with a Home Visitor who provides guidance and resources focused on healthy pregnancy, newborn care, and becoming a parent.  Home Visitors also work with you to find help with basic needs (housing, food, childcare) and to reach personal goals (finishing school, finding a job, saving money). All services are free, voluntary and confidential. Spanish-speaking Home Visitors are available.

Phone: (413) 774-7028.   

Learn more: https://www.communityaction.us/young-parents-program

Roca Inc.

Roca is one of the only organizations in the country working with a forgotten group of young mothers who are traumatized victims of abuse and neglect. To break the cycle for their children, we believe that stabilizing the mother is the first step in stabilizing the family. Our nationally recognized, four-year behavioral health intervention model teaches them the skills they need to learn to choose to live and set their children up for success.

Learn more: https://rocainc.org/how-we-do-it/outcomes/young-mothers/

YWCA Young Parent Support Program

The YWCA has offered a program for pregnant and under the age of 24 individuals since 1970 to give pregnant or parenting teenagers an opportunity to finish their educations and improve their chances for better paying jobs.  Today, the Young Parent Support program continues to provide outreach, home visiting, case management, and parenting education as well. What began as the Pregnant Adolescent Girl's Education (PAGE) program, the first program in Springfield to help pregnant and parenting teens stay in school, has expanded to include many more resources. The YPS program serves Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee and can work with parents up to the age of 22.

To find out more information or make a referral, please call Director of Teen Residential Programs at (413) 732-3121 ext. 479.

Learn more: https://www.ywworks.org/i-need-help/i-am-pregnant-and-under-24/

Maternity Homeless Youth Shelter

Young parents without stable income and housing have the odds stacked against them. We can provide that stability so young families have the chance to learn, grow, and lead productive lives. Our youth shelters use a supervised apartment model in locations throughout Hampden County. We assist pregnant and parenting youth up to age 22.

In addition to safe housing, we provide support services, life skills training, educational guidance, referrals, and aftercare. CHD caseworkers connect residents with academic and vocational supports, Early Intervention, and Head Start programs. Along with weekly social and educational groups, we offer individual and family counseling through our outpatient clinics. Potential residents cannot be receiving services from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families or the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.

Phone: 413-737-2679

Learn more: https://chd.org/programs-services/emergency-housing-assistance-western-ma/runaway-homeless-youth-shelters/youth-homeless-shelters-in-western-ma/  

Children's Trust of Massachusetts

The Children’s Trust leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. They fund over 100 family support and parenting education programs in communities throughout Massachusetts. Some of the programs they offer for parents include Parenting Education and Support Groups, Massachusetts Family Centers, and Healthy Families, which provides home visiting specifically for first-time parents under age 21. Other areas include their fatherhood initiative, and One Tough Job (see below). To find out more about each program, visit the above link and click on the “For Parents” tab at the top of the page.

5 Court Street, 4th Floor Boston, MA 02108

617-727-8957

Learn more: https://childrenstrustma.org/ 

One Tough Job

The Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund created One Tough Job to support parents by providing them with current, reliable, and practical information on a variety of parenting topics related to raising children from infancy through adolescence. They provide information on topics such as Positive Parenting, Health and Safety, School and Child Care, and Growth and Development.

Learn more:  www.onetoughjob.org

The Parent Support Network

Children with emotional or behavioral challenges have their own unique needs. The Support Network’s Family Support Specialists partner with parents and caregivers throughout our region helping them develop effective strategies to become strong and successful advocates for their children, adolescents, or transition-age youth. Our services are free of charge.

Learn more: https://childrensemotionalhealth.org/

Address: 187 High St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Phone: (413) 536-2401

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