Teen Parent Family Services
El Nido is the largest provider of teen parent services in California.
Without intervention, teen parents are at higher risk of dropping out of school, becoming welfare dependent and living their lives in poverty than those who delay parenting. Their children are more prone to premature birth, frail health, school failure/dropout, and abuse or neglect than the children of mature parents. The cycle continues as the children of teen mothers are more likely to end up in gangs and/or prison and are more likely to have children as teens themselves. Our programs demonstrate that with intervention the cycle can be broken.
The Cal-Learn and Adolescent Family Life Programs
Through home visits, trained case managers reach out to teen parents who are isolated, overwhelmed and unprepared for the challenges of parenting. They assess the unique needs of each teen parent and baby, and link them with services that help both to thrive, including health care, counseling, educational assistance, vocational training, housing, nutritional and/or income support. Offered in Antelope Valley, Compton, South Los Angeles, Mission Hills & Pacoima.
Program outcomes included:
- Prevention of repeat births for more than 96% of TFS clients
- 94% of babies delivered averted premature and low birth weight
- 77% of teens were attending school or had graduated
Best Babies Program
San Fernando Valley Best Babies Collaborative (BBC), funded by First 5 LA, is made up of six agencies working together to reduce poor birth outcomes in communities with a large concentration of high-risk pregnancies. Agencies work together to improve and expand coordinated prenatal and interconception care through intensive in-home case management, social support, health education and counseling. The El Nido Family Centers Best Babies program serves eligible teens living in the northeast San Fernando Valley.
Program outcomes included:
- 83% of collaborative participants initiated breastfeeding post-partum
- 85% of collaborative participants received post-partum health check-ups
Harold Cares About Your Future
Harold Cares About Your Future is a job preparation program that provides teen mothers and fathers with knowledge of the world of work, vocational skills and opportunities. This 13-week program covers topics including; money management, career and goal exploration, resume writing, job interviewing techniques, labor law and job retention, plus basic life skills including financial literacy, stress management and pregnancy prevention.
Program outcomes include:
- 84% of program participants felt confident about writing their own resume
- 95% of respondents report feeling confident they can achieve their educational and vocational goals