Working with pregnant and parenting teens is an important component of our work.
Research shows, and we fully believe that:
- Young mothers and fathers can be very successful as individuals and as parents when they receive the support they need.
- Working with young parents to help them succeed neither glorifies nor condones teen pregnancy.
- Helping young parents attain their educational and career goals – and helping them become strong parents – reduces the cost of teen childbearing to taxpayers and communities.
In addition, nearly one-third of teen pregnancies in North Carolina happen to someone who has been pregnant at least once before. Put another way: One of the biggest risk factors for teen pregnancy is already being a teen mom. In our commitment to reducing the state’s overall teen pregnancy rates, we must find effective ways to work with one of our most at-risk populations – teen moms and dads.
Learn more about our Young Families Support work to help pregnant and parenting teens.