Brief Meeting the Needs of Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents through Home Visiting
Amanda Thomson, Eleanor Lauderback
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Pregnant and parenting adolescents* face the dual challenge of raising a child while navigating their own path to adulthood. Many encounter barriers related to child care, housing, and health care that can limit their job and educational opportunities. Some experience judgment and bias at home and in the community. Despite these setbacks, some adolescents view parenthood as a positive life event that bolsters their sense of responsibility and stability.** Many home visiting models support first-time parents or parents with complex needs. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program identifies women under 21 as a priority service group. More can be done, however, to offer age-appropriate, engaging, and respectful home visiting services for adolescents.

This Innovation Roundup Brief highlights home visiting models, affiliates, and initiatives serving young parents’ needs:

  • Teen Parent Connection: A Healthy Families America Affiliate
  • Family Spirit
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Show Me Strong Families (SMSF): A Parents as Teachers Initiative

It concludes with key service delivery features for consideration by other programs.

* We refer to “pregnant adolescents” and “parenting adolescents” because home visiting participants may not be teenagers by definition and to avoid any bias associated with the term “teen parents.” **Read the References section of the brief for complete citations.

This brief was developed for the National Home Visiting Resource Center and is available on its website. The NHVRC is led by James Bell Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute. Support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and previously from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Research Areas Children and youth Families Health and health care
Tags Early childhood home visiting Parenting Assistance for women and children Family care and support Maternal, child, and reproductive health Women and girls
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population