Pregnancy and Parenting
Daring to Dream at #HealthyTeen22

Daring to Dream at #HealthyTeen22

Thank you for daring to dream with us in Miami!November 4, 2022During our staff meeting before the conference, we asked everyone to share one thing they were excited about for this year’s conference. Every single person mentioned they were excited to be together, in...

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

Our freedom, our rights, are being restricted by a radical minority that does not represent the majority of Americans. By Gina Desiderio June 27, 2022Like many of you, here at Healthy Teen Network, we’re feeling the weight of the Supreme Court decision last week to...

The Right to Bodily Autonomy Shouldn’t Vary by ZIP Code

The Right to Bodily Autonomy Shouldn’t Vary by ZIP Code

Abortion is still legal. And we must fight to keep it that way. By Gina Desiderio May 3, 2022Bodily autonomy—the right to make decisions about your own body, including decisions about if, when, and how to parent—is a right. None of us are free to live our authentic...

Demand IX

Demand IX

50 years later, we have much to celebrate with Title IX…but we still have a lot of work to support ongoing efforts for strong Title IX protections and enforcement.April 21, 2022"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation...

SEARChing to Address Dyslexia–Capes Not Required

SEARChing to Address Dyslexia–Capes Not Required

Identifying and treating dyslexia early is essential to closing the education gap. By Esaa Mohammad Sabti Samarah By Lisa Schelbe, PhD March 17, 2022I(Esaa) don’t care for the profile of social workers, and those who help others, as heroes without capes. Heroes are...

Storms & Blossoms: Navigating Parenting During the Pandemic

Storms & Blossoms: Navigating Parenting During the Pandemic

Stories directly from foster care system alumni about parenting during the pandemic—their challenges, triumphs, and moreBy Elizabeth Aparicio, PhDBy Svetlana Shpiegel, PhDFebruary 10, 2022As we close in on the two-year anniversary since the start of the COVID-19...

Now Available! A Tool You Can Use: The Young Parents Logic Model

Now Available! A Tool You Can Use: The Young Parents Logic Model

Young parents and their families thrive when they get the supports and services they need…theYoung Parents Logic Model is the step-by-step tool to help you make that happen.By Gina Desiderio August 19, 2021Parents will be the first to tell you how hard it is—and I’m...

Were you in foster care?

Were you in foster care?

If so, we want to hear from you. Text the word STORIES to 313131January 29, 2021If you are 18 to 26 years old, currently parenting a child, and were in foster care around age 17, or have "aged-out" of foster care, we want to hear from you! We're now enrolling for a...

Legislation to Reauthorize Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Introduced

Legislation to Reauthorize Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Introduced

PAF provides vital support services to empower young parents and their children to thrive. June 26, 2019For Immediate ReleaseW ashington, DC — Yesterday, July 25, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Robert Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation (S.2296) to reauthorize the...

Title IX: Protect Your Rights

Title IX: Protect Your Rights

Young people who are pregnant or parenting face discrimination. By understanding Title IX law, you can help protect your rights.By Deborah Chilcoat, MEd June 23, 2020D iscrimination against pregnant and parenting students is alive and well…and could be getting...

Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Reauthorization Sign-On Letter

Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Reauthorization Sign-On Letter

PAF provides vital support services to empower young parents and their children to thrive. Updated December 02, 2020For Immediate ReleaseDear Member of Congress: The undersigned organizations express our support for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) and urge...

Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Housing

Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Housing

We compiled these resources that could be useful for young people who are pregnant and experiencing homelessness in the United States.April 18, 2018In 2002, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice estimated that...

Lisa’s Story, Part II

Lisa’s Story, Part II

She is doing everything right. She works, pays her taxes, and has opened a savings account for her daughter. Yet she has been forced to be a spectator in her community with few options for upward mobility. If you missed Part I of Lisa’s story, you can read it here. By...

Lisa’s Story, Part I

Lisa’s Story, Part I

I want to tell you the story of a friend, of a mother, of a dreamer.By Genevieve Martínez García, PhD August 1, 2012Iwant to tell you the story of a friend, of a mother, of a dreamer. Lisa* is the mother of a beautiful two- year old girl, Angela. Lisa’s husband...

Turning 40 and Still Dreaming Big!

Turning 40 and Still Dreaming Big!

As we celebrate 40 years of Title IX, we can’t help but dream about future possibilities for continuing and expanding protections for pregnant and parenting teens!By Patricia Paluzzi, CNM, DrPH June 19, 2012As we celebrate 40 years of Title IX, we can’t help but...

Talking About a Revolution

Talking About a Revolution

I want to start a revolution. I want young mothers to speak up and claim the honor, respect, and appreciation they deserve…and not just on Mother’s Day. By Deborah Chilcoat, MEd May 10, 2012I want to start a revolution. Right here. Right now. It cannot wait another...

Seeking Validation: A Former Teen Parent’s Journey

Seeking Validation: A Former Teen Parent’s Journey

I had my four children when I was 13, 15, 17, and 19 years old. As I grew up and raised my family, people would often ask, “How did you make it?” By Guest Blogger Todaé CharlesJanuary 10, 2012Growing up as a teen parent, I was fearful. I had my four children when I...

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