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Family Support

Teen Parent Support Program

Seattle’s Teen Parent Support Program is offered at three Seattle family centers to meet specific challenges faced by pregnant and teen parents. These challenges include remaining in school and improving academic achievement, keeping their children in good health, providing a safe and secure environment for themselves and for their children, and providing for their basic needs.

All teen parent programs provide weekly support groups on parenting skills, parent-child activities and information and referral services.

The Southwest Family Center Teen Parent Program offers comprehensive support services including an on-site GED program and a full-time advocate who provides individual assistance and advocacy services.

The Rainier Beach Teen Parent Program offers school-based services at Southlake Alternative High School and community-based weekly support groups. The North Seattle program, run by the Family Works Resource Center and North Seattle Family Center, provides weekly support groups and assistance and linkages to needed services.

Activities and support for teen parents include:

  • Weekly support groups
  • Outings and field trips
  • On-site child care while attending parenting classes and groups
  • One-on-one advocacy to help with housing, education, work, health, relationships and personal goals
  • Access to family center activities and resources

Many participants earn their GED certificate or make academic progress toward graduation, learn about child development and behavior and are able to increase their social support network.

Funding allocations to the nonprofit, community-based organizations providing teen parent services are determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department generally every four years. Continued funding during funding cycles depends upon program performance and funding availability. The current funding cycle ends on December 31, 2013. In 2013, the funding allocation for teen parent support programs in Seattle is approximately $141,678.


2013 Funded Agencies and Programs


Information

For more information about these programs and Seattle Human Services Department-funded services for children and families, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail childrenandfamilies@seattle.gov.

For information about our partners and related programs, contact the agencies listed above or the 2-1-1 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.