Healthy Teen Families
If you are pregnant or parenting, and you are in foster care now or were in the past, our Healthy Teen Families team is here for you. We can help you attain housing, medical care for you and your baby, childcare, education for you and your child, and more. As you strive to complete your education or get and keep a good job, we are here to champion your needs.
Visit Teenparent.net for information about everything from pregnancy to your rights as a parent.
KnowB4UGo.org includes information designed for you about transitioning to independence and your rights in foster care and beyond.
For more information you can also contact HealthyFamilies@kids-alliance.org.
If you are pregnant or parenting, you are entitled to have a PPT Conference. In addition to your social worker, a facilitator from DCFS, and an advocate knowledgeable about resources, you can also invite people who are part of your support system.
Parents in foster care or who have been in foster care may be eligible for free and/or subsidized childcare to support continued education or employment. It is important to call and register for child care funding as soon as possible after delivery.
*If you are still in care you may be eligible for one year of child care funding through DCFS, speak with your social worker for details about how to enroll.
AFLP case managers help ensure the birth of a healthy baby, assist you in completing your education and support you in getting a job. They also help with family planning and birth control. Case managers from AFLP strive to help you take on all the responsibilities of parenthood.
Nurse-Family Partners support first-time moms. When you enroll in the program, a specially trained nurse will visit you throughout your pregnancy and until your baby turns two years old. Nurse home visitors address your questions and concerns, prepare you for childbirth, and help ensure that you deliver a healthy baby. Your nurse home visitor will always be there for you, from helping you have a healthy pregnancy, to coaching you on child development, to empower you as a mom.