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Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership
2433 N. Grand
St. Louis, Missouri 63106
PO Box 9323
St. Louis, MO 63117
PROGRAM ID #1209597872
LAST UPDATE: 2008-09-15 12:53:15
Young Parents and Families Program
Humanitri strengthens families and individuals facing personal crisis by channeling principles of faith and social responsibility to improve quality of life.
Humanitri promotes healthy lifestyles in pregnant and parenting teens and their babies. We encourage completion of educational programs: high school, GED certification, higher education and tech school. We
assist teen parent families in appropriately accessing health systems for regularly scheduled appointments, immunizations, well-baby care, and medical emergencies. Through these services we seek to decrease the incidence of infant mortality, child abuse, neglect, and low birth weight in infants. We facilitate support groups for teen parents to discuss infant/child development and the challenges of teen parenting. We also assist the extended family with adjustments to the new family dynamics of teen parent and grandchild; and help mediate problems and provide
resources. Our primary services include:
Clothing Boutique/Parenting Center: The “boutique”/parenting center welcomes young parents and their families while offering support and information on pregnancy and parenting. This is a major point of contact and often times the first personalized contact we have with a teen parent. We utilize this opportunity to screen and assist the parent with needs. We check on the health care of mother and baby, screen for safe infant practices (immunizations, how infants sleep,) discuss educational plans/goals for the parents, determine if the teen parent is living in a safe environment or if they are involved in an abusive relationship, and discuss family dynamics with others in household.
The closet/parenting center meets a basic need for teen parents by providing gently used infant and toddler clothing as well as baby equipment and supplies to help them decrease the financial stress associated with the many needs of young children. Age-appropriate learning toys and books are distributed to parents along with instructions for use, stressing the importance of play and reading for early child development.
Workshops: Our workshops provide instruction on parenting and related topics, as well as skills for teen parents in order to assist them as they transition into the role of parents with adult responsibilities. Peer workshops provide a system of support and exchange for teen parents. The workshops are research based, such as the Adolescent Mother Journaling Program, developed by Lynn Blinn Pike, PhD and her team at the University of Missouri. This journaling program is both a cognitive and behavioral approach, helping teens to learn from each other, as each teen brings knowledge to share. Certified instructors also teach workshops based on Harvey Karp, M.D. books The Happiest Baby and The Happiest Toddler.
Personal Visits: Family advocates provide personal visits during the prenatal period, continuing until the child is five years old. Visits provide health screening of mother and baby using observation forms that allow advocates to evaluate the mother’s health resources and need for assistance. Advocates facilitate connections to health care and other services, and provide education about health needs and parenting skills.
No eligibility requirements.
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