Department of Justice estimated that there are 1,, homeless and runaway youth under eighteen years of age in the United States. This means that there could potentially be almost , homeless and pregnant young women in this country. For pregnant and parenting youth who are currently homeless or lack adequate housing options, there are various programs through local governments and private organizations that can provide housing and other services. Incorporating these programs into advocacy efforts is a great way to help address homelessness among adolescent parents in the United States today. Beyond providing shelter, housing programs provide the opportunity to offer many complementary resources and services for youth. Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends developed two resources on the core components of supportive housing— one resource defining and detailing what the core components include and a related report on findings from the field based on a national survey, phone interviews, and case studies.
While there are many teenage mothers who never enter any social welfare system, others do not have the supports that they need to make it on their own. Many teenage mothers are not necessarily able to remain at home with their parents, either for reasons of overcrowding in the home, abuse and neglect, or financial difficulty. They may not have family, friends, or other resources available that enable them to meet the basic needs for themselves or their children. Teenage mothers who are unable to live at home with their families are vulnerable on many fronts.
The perinatal program for urban youth at The Door, located in New York City, provides accessible, comprehensive, high-quality prenatal services to pregnant teens. Through a holistic, family-centered, youth-development approach, the program seeks to counteract the adverse medical risks and psychosocial consequences of early childbirth and child rearing in order to improve the immediate and long-term futures of the mother and her new family. The Door's services are presented, along with a description of the agency's service model and an analysis of pregnant teens enrolled in its perinatal program. The Door is a multi-service agency that was founded in in New York City to provide health, educational, vocational, legal, and social services to young people between the ages of 12 and Over 5, young people come to The Door every year.
We offer the program to mothers between the ages of 16 and 20 years old who are in the foster care system or with the Department of Juvenile Services. Damamli is licensed to provide services to a maximum of 24 mothers and can accept mothers who are pregnant or have up to two children. While in the foster home, they work with a foster parent and case manager to begin developing a plan for their future and working on the steps necessary to accomplish their goals. Foster parents in our Damamli program work closely with our teen mothers to help them build critical parenting and independent living skills. Through this experience young parents are prepared to live independently with their baby.